Movie Review: It Might Get Loud

Tuesday, August 11, 2009
By Abbey Khan
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What does a furniture upholsterer from Detroit, a studio musician and painter from London, and a seventeen-year-old Dublin schoolboy have in common? From the director of the Oscar winning film, An Inconvenient Truth, Davis Guggenheim takes viewers on a musical journey with three generations of rockers in It Might Get Loud. This rockumentary chronicles the evolution of the electric guitar through the likes of Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), The Edge (U2) and Jack White (The White Stripes), who come together to share their stories and experiences. The cameras follow the men to their origins and influential locations that shaped their music as audiences hear legendary sounds and new music from each artist.

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Thomas Tull, producer of The Dark Knight and Watchmen, explains why he chose Page, The Edge and White for his film. “It was almost like casting a movie. We wanted to show a wide range of styles and eras by focusing on three of the best players in the world, from three generations… and they said yes! Like many kids, I had a poster of Jimmy Page on my wall– he is a living legend. U2 is one of the greatest bands ever, and The Edge is a brilliant and distinctive player. Jack White is the new generation– cutting his own path but also keeping the guitar, and great guitar traditions, alive.”

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Recommendation: B+
It was impressive to watch three very different generations interact with each other. Learning about their history while their music is played during the film, just shows how deeply influential their sound is today.

It Might Get Loud is a Sony Pictures Classics release and opens in New York and Los Angeles on August 14, 2009.


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