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.