Saturday, February 27, 2010

MOVIE REVIEW: It Might Get Loud

By Daniel Dunne

Director Davis Guggnheim's movie "It Might Get Loud" is a very good documentary and a must see for every rock fan. The movie brings together 3 generations of rock guitarists: The legendary Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2) and Jack White (The White Stripes and The Ranconteurs).

Each guitarist tells a compelling story of how they got started and who influenced them. While some might question Guggnheim's selection of guitarists, all three are renowned for their contributions to rock and all deserve to be in the film. Furthermore, one would be hard pressed to find 3 other guitarists that have their skill, passion, dedication to their craft and the ability to articulate their stories to the viewer.

Guggnheim does a masterful job of interweaving the rock icons' stories together via old pictures, vintage videos and by having each artist give their own account of what happened. There is old video footage of a very young Jimmy Page telling an interviewer that his skiffle band was just a temporary gig and he wanted to go on to study biologic research in college. Later in the film Page explains how his job of as a session musician was unbearable and how he made the decision to give it up and join the Yardbirds.

The Edge takes the viewer back to his high school and points out the bulletin board where the ad was placed to join a band that would eventually become U2. He also shows the audience where the band played its first free concert at the school. The movie features early footage of U2 performing in a dreadful and unintentionally comical pop video.

Jack White tells of living in his largely Hispanic, working class community in Southwest Detroit and explains that it was not considered cool to play guitar but he did it anyway. He goes on to pay homage to Son House and explains how much the legendary blues guitarist' song "Grinnin In Your Face" means to him.

However, one of the best parts of the film is when Page, Edge and White interact with one another. There does not appear to be any egos on display, and it looks as though the three artists genuinely enjoy talking and making music together.

Dan Dunne

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