Movie Review: It Might Get Loud

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Note: This was the first time I tried to write about a movie-going experience and I wasn’t really approaching it as a review, per se.  Please excuse the markedly different tone and lack of a star rating.

Earlier today I saw the “rockumentary” It Might Get Loud with my mom and brother.  It featured Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame, The Edge from U2, and Jack White from the White Stripes and the Raconteurs.  A major focus of the movie was the electric guitar and how it affects music.  Each of the three guitarists brought their own perspective and techniques to the movie and they discussed it.  A decent part of the movie was the three of them talking with each other on a sound stage, though there were numerous cuts to individual segments.  For instance, Jimmy Page visited the house where Led Zeppelin’s fourth album was recorded and discussed it.  For instance, the drums on “When the Levee Breaks” were recorded in a high-ceilinged entry hall, giving them their booming quality.

All in all I was very impressed with the film.  In addition to the discussion of guitars it gave a lot of personal feel from each of the musicians.  Each one in turn discussed the influences his life had had on his music.  They visited places with significance to them, and also showed a good deal of old video footage and pictures.  There was, of course, a great deal of music played specifically for the film (Jack White even composed a song on the spot at one point), studio tracks, concert footage, and numerous clips from musicians who influenced the three stars.  I may be biased in that I am a fan of Led Zeppelin and the White Stripes (though not so much U2), but I truly think that the film did a spectacular job of capturing both the musical and personal sides of the three guitarists.

The film was fairly short, only 97 minutes, but it was a great time and a welcome experience.  I don’t know how wide the distribution of it is, but I highly recommend it to anyone who likes rock and gets the chance.

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