The Love We Make
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“The Love We Make”, a film directed by Albert Maysles (“Gimme Shelter”) and Bradley Kaplan, follows Paul McCartney as he journeys through the streets of New York City in the aftermath of the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. It also chronicles the planning and performance of the benefit concert that took place less than six months after the attacks: “The Concert For New York City”. “It was an honor to be able to help New York and America at that time in its history,” said McCartney of the concert. “There was a feeling of shock and fear in the air that I thought we could help alleviate with music and the fact that so many people stepped up to join us made for a very uplifting evening for us all.” The film features performance clips from the benefit concert and backstage moments with many of the performers and other famous attendees.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 10
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Captured mostly in gorgeous black and white, "The Love We Make" is alternately trite, touching, funny and fascinating.
Rotten: I know this is heresy on a number of fronts, but much of "The Love We Make" is boring.
Fresh: Watching Bill Clinton suck up to McCartney gives you an idea of his impact.
The setting is New York in the aftermath of 2001 terrorist attacks. The real context, though, is that this is bookend to the cinema verité film 'the Beatles First US Visit.' That film was made in the wake of the assassination of JFK, and documents the surreality of Beatlmania as the Fab Four arrive in America.
In this follow up, the same film makers follow McCartney around New York as he prepares for and participates in the cathartic all-star fund raiser concert following the 9/11 attacks. What is most striking is the now decades-old continuation of Beatlmania that was seen in the earlier film. While it made for wide-eyed wonder in the early days, it calls more for a cringing sympathy for McCartney now. He still willingly interacts with fans everywhere he goes, but there's a war weary guardedness now. While each encounter is a great thrill for the fan, for McCartney it's as though he's Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day." Even backstage at the concert, A-list performers and ex presidents fawn over the guy. In the end, it's a fascinating look at the price of success. In most cases fame is seen destroying the famous. That's not at all the case here, but there's clearly a toll to be paid.