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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 artist's 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.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 108
- Fresh: 86
- Rotten: 22
- Average Rating: 6.9/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Guitar heroes, real or imaginary, will think they've died and gone to heaven.
Fresh: Rock fans and Guitar Heroes in the making will get a charge out of visiting where the happy accidents that put guitars into each man's hand happened. And the playing isn't bad, either. Loud. But good.
Fresh: For guitar geeks, the sight of Page, Edge and White together in one room will be enough. Others, however, can't help but wish it might have gotten a little louder.
Rotten: Davis Guggenheim's contrived documentary is a largely unrewarding essay on the mystique of the ubiquitous electric guitar...
Ths Might Get Great
Excellent movie grabs you from the start. As a guy that admires great guitar playing and musicianship I was completly absorbed in this movie. I never got Jack White before now i am a believer. Jimmy Page just straight up cool.
Excellent Music Documentary
In a way, this documentary is more about electric guitar music than it is about the three featured musicians. But you really get a glimpse of the music through their eyes and their lives. It's a beautiful, fascinating movie for rock lovers.
Just Watch and learn
You really get to appreciate where each artist, in their different times, have come from. You also get a sense of the musical progression from different eras - Jimmy taking it from blues to rock, Edge going all out with the synth and production, and White going post-modern stripped downrock. Even people that aren't that into Rock can learn from this.
A couple points of criticism. 1)Not enough jamming. If you're going in to see nothing but three guys playing you will be disappointed. There must be some film on a cutting floor somewhere with some great music on it. Give me an extra 15 minutes of music. 2) Out of the three Edge got the most screen time. You could make the point he's the bridge between the eras thus deserving of more time but when you take into account he is the least talented of the three it's disappointing (not really a dig at thim when the other two are top 15 all time). SPOILER: Just compare the three when they are plaing In My Time of Dying together. Page and White jam seamlessly toghether while Edge looks on and fumbles at points. To paraphras White early in the movie, Too much technology will make you a less able musician.
- Genre: Music Documentaries
- Released: 2009
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