Thursday, September 24, 2009

It Will Get Awkward: White, Page and The Edge in It Might Get Loud, Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at The Belcourt

Posted By on Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 2:58 PM

Ever go see a film that you truly, desperately hope you're going to like, while a significant part of your subconscious fears it's going to be cringe-inducing? I didn't go into the press screening of It Might Get Loud with my snark-gun loaded last week--I really wanted to like this film. I love Jimmy Page. I like plenty of Jack White's material. I appreciate all three guitarists' contributions to contemporary rock 'n' roll. But as you'll see in my review, it didn't pan out like I'd hoped. There truly are some sterling tidbits in It Might Get Loud. There's a sequence in which Jimmy Page walks around Headley Grange talking about how Bonham tracked drums on Led Zeppelin IV. There are multiple bio scenes with both Jack White and The Edge in which they discuss little-known facts about the geneses of their respective bands. But their summit--their "freestyle noodle fest and gear chat," as I put it--lacks the chemistry I'd hoped for. Any chemistry whatsoever, really. And Jack White's 9-year-old doppelganger? That just felt weird for the sake of weird. You certainly don't have to take my word for it. It Might Get Loud is playing Sept. 25-Oct. 1 at The Belcourt. Also, during the shooting of IMGL, Jack White recorded a 7-inch single called "Fly Farm Blues" that's available right now via Third Man Records' site, and you'll also be able to purchase it at The Belcourt this weekend.

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