Thursday, April 10, 2008

Shine a Light Review

It's tough to think of Martin Scorsese films without his use of rock music and no band is more a part of this phenomenon than The Rolling Stones. From "Jumpin Jack Flash" in Mean Streets to "Gimme Shelter" in The Departed a link has formed between the two so it's only appropriate that Scorsese here crafts the definitive Stones concert movie. One of the best things Scorsese does here is to collect an all-star assortment of ten Academy Award nominated/winning cinematographers to run the cameras throughout the Beacon; they manage to capture the entire concert with a cinematic flair and verve and an immediacy so often lacking in concert films. Of note also is Scorsese's inclusion of various stock interview and newsreel footage of the bandmates from the 60s and 70s; often serving as transitions between songs I found them to be both insightful and amusing. Also of special note are the three cameos during the concert, Christina Aguilera, Jack White (of The White Stripes) and Buddy Guy. Each of these performances lends a new excitement and life to the show; especially the excitement on White's face to be playing with the Stones is infectious. If you have even a passing interest in The Stones or in Martin Scorsese you owe it to yourself to try to see this in IMAX while you have the chance. And one last thing, I challenge you to tell me that young Charlie Watts and No Country for Old Men villain Anton Chigurh weren't seperated at birth...they're a splitting image.

Overall Score: 8/10

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