It Might Get Loud
Entertainment: +4
Acceptability: +3

FILM SYNOPSIS: Rarely can a film penetrate the glamorous surface of rock legends. It Might Get Loud tells the personal stories, in their own words, of three generations of electric guitar virtuosos The Edge (U2), Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), and Jack White (The White Stripes). It reveals how each developed his unique sound and style of playing favorite†instruments, guitars both found and invented. Concentrating on the artistsí musical rebellion, traveling with him to influential locations, provoking rare discussion as to how and why he writes and plays, this film lets you witness†intimate moments and hear new music from each artist. The movie revolves around a day when Jimmy Page,†Jack White, and The Edge first met and sat down together to share their stories, teach and play.

PREVIEW REVIEW: The least anticipated movie of the week turns out to be the best. While the documentary about three Rock guitarists may seem to have a limited appeal, I think itís a positive movie-going experience as it reminds us to find joy in our work. Whatís more, it suggests that to achieve that satisfaction, one must constantly attempt to improve.

I love being in a room with artists. While I might not agree with all their assessments, I do appreciate this desire to share a conception of their environment. Thereís an enthusiasm that sparks a desire to do better.

The Edge built a guitar with his brother when he was only 14. Jimmy Page, a cool dude if ever there was one, like all the trio, is a pure musician. He goes back a ways, having even performed on the Goldfinger theme song. And Jack White, who looks, dresses and has the same screen temperament as Johnny Depp (which one has been influenced by the other, Iím not sure) has been profoundly impressed by the soul of music.

Though it is a touch too long, the film moves along effectively between the three artists, their backgrounds and their countries (Ireland, England, and Tennessee). And while I personally prefer the stylings of Andres Segovia, Earl Klugh and Eric Clapton, the musicianship and flamboyance of the spotlighted three here cannot be denied.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

Crude Language: None
Obscene Language: One use of the s-word.
Profanity: None
Violence: None
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: None
Drug Abuse: We see the young guitarist, a kind of James Dean rebel, smoking.
Other: None
Running Time: 97 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and Adults

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