Jack Aling’s review published on Letterboxd:
Same as It Ever Was.
I wouldn't say I'm a Talking Heads fan nor have I really heard of David Byrne, so heading into American Utopia I was a blank canvas. Even with very limited knowledge of the discography, it made for an exceptionally immersive experience utilising every element of the live performance.
No cables, no unnecessary distractions, just people and music is what David Byrne promises and the man can certainly put on a show. With his multi-talented band of performers, they flow through each song with seeming ease - every beat, every move, every note is on point. It is a surreal culmination of song, instruments, design, and dance, every percussion instrument you could think of makes an appearance.
Spike Lee also does a fantastic job of making this euphoric stage performance feel cinematic, putting you in the best seat in the house.
Eccentric and interactive, I thought my lack of knowledge would hinder my experience, but it is a testament to the hard work and dedication of Byrne and his team that you can go in blind, have a great time without asking yourself: How did I get here?
LFF: Film 26
London Film Festival 2020: Ranked.