Monday, March 21, 2005

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

Umlauts over the 'N'! They kill me!

Genre: Music Comedy Rockumentary Mockumentary

Starring: Michael McKean (A Mighty Wind; Best In Show), Christopher Guest (Mrs Henderson Presents; Waiting For Guffman)

Directed By: Rob Reiner (When Harry Met Sally...; A Few Good Men)

Overview: The Classic Mock Doc about Cock Rock

Acting: The acting is ad-lib, as it is for all these types of Mock Docs using these actors. A Mighty Wind, Best of Show, and Waiting for Guffman all have the same crew, but (I believe) this is the first of them all, and it's probably the best.
Rating: 7

Cinematography: The documentary style is good, nothing too exceptional, but they do a good job making it look real. Not terrific, not distracting.
Rating: 6

Script: The script goes right to the edge without going too stupid over the top. The actors have a great rapport and the fact that it's truly improvisational makes a big difference, you can tell. Funny, funny, funny stuff. Excellent.
Rating: 8

Plot: The plot takes us to this quite successful band on the way up. Turns out that throughout the progress of the film it kind of goes down, and down some more, then down again, and next they're playing at a puppet show. It's a nice trip through their American tour.
Rating: 7

Mood: The tongues, always with the tongues! The spandex, the hilarious songs, and Stonehenge? If you were ever a late 70s, early 80s fan of Cock Rock, you really are missing something by not watching this.
Rating: 8

The film was so successful they made an actual album after the film.

Overall Rating: 72% (Good Stuff)

Aftertaste: The film is one of those where people say, "You haven't seen Spinal Tap?" And I know why they say that because the hype was huge back in the day, and the film is still relevant now, especially when compared to A Mighty Wind, it being the same actors and everything. It's not a movie where, upon hearing one has not seen it, I will open my eyes wide wondering how being a Canadian and not seeing Spinal Tap can possibly co-exist. It's good, yes. I'm glad I saw it, yes. If someone asks me how it is? I'll say, "Go to my website."