Monday, September 14, 2009

"It Might Get Loud": 3 electric guitar players

“It Might Get Loud”, directed by Davis Guggenheim and distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, is a documentary on Irish electric guitar players The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (the White Stripes). As such, it is not quite as imposing as real concert movies like the recent one from Disney (“The Jonas Brothers: the 3D Concert Experience”). Nevertheless, the film does trace the different styles of the three artists.

Instead of immediate concert experience, the movie gives us some true grit: some graining images of the Dublin harbor, of NYC in the 1970s with big cars and Mama Leone’s; of the catastrophic results of IRA violence, reminding us of “The Crying Game.” The opening scene shows one of the trio improvising a guitar with simple tools; later scenes show the work of making real guitars at home, in a family with ten siblings. There’s a lot of familiar music from the 70s and 80s, bringing back old memories.

The soundtrack, in the theatrical performance in an older AMC theater in Arlington, was a bit tinny; the credits mentioned Dolby, without the Digital. And it does get loud with a little acoustic feedback; too loud for garden apartments.

This film was also previewed last June in Silverdocs.

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