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I am a Sigur Ros lover. I have most of their music and their previous DVD Heima. I have never been to a concert and frankly suspect that I might be a little overwhelmed if I did. There are precious few Sigur Ros songs that you can hum along to, and I am not so concerned that this set contains no new material. I like their old material. And I liked the DVD a lot. Where Heima was at times much more intimate and also more focused on presenting Iceland and the fans, Inni is about the musicians and their concert experience. Yes, it's in black and white and it's grainy and people who are prone to seizures might not want to see it on the big screen, but I happen to think it's beautiful. Some of the shots just took my breath away. A hand on a keyboard, an extreme close-up on a face, the effect of rain in front of a silhouette, all against the soundtrack of this indescribable music. I was completely caught up in it.
As the snippet of the NPR interview captured so perfectly, these guys are not trying to be everybody's friends. They are not polished in conversation. They speak through their music, and they give themselves completely over to the performance.
Their music is not for everybody, but most people will have a strong reaction to it one way or the other. It's impossible to describe. For that reason alone, it's worth experiencing at least once. The Inni DVD along with Heima peel away a few layers of the Sigur Ros mystique. Every once in a while I get the urge to watch Heima. There's nothing else like it. Now I am sure I will feel the same way about Inni. The music, of course, is in steady rotation on my CD player and iPod. I am a fan and I love this set.
First there is the dreamy, grainy DVD of the last concert they did together. Having seen the show, it is both accurate and a new experience. I especially liked the inclusion of Sæglópur. The opening section is exactly what the audience saw projected on the screen behind the stage. The video captures the intensity of the song very well.
Another highlight for completists is the live version of Hafsól, an updated and different version from the one on their debut album. And of course the rousing, finale fans have come to worship, Popplagid from the overlooked album ( ), is a song that should be experienced live. So this and the great version from Heima will fill the gap nicely.
Other than that, this is just another strong performance by the most innovative musicians on the scene in the first part of this century.
I'm a big time fan of Sigur Ros and a big time fan of Heima. What I liked about Heima was that it was really about the band, and brought out their background as well as their music beautifully. Inni was not about the band, but rather about the Director's artistic vision. That's fine, it's just that the execution was completely underwhelming.
The processed black & white footage might have been a neat idea for a few minutes of the film but not for a full 75. The aesthetic got dull quickly, and did very little to bring out the essence of the band or of their music. The interspersed interviews were a bit quirky and funny at times but on the whole very short and uninformative. It felt like the thought was "oh, this is funny, I'll throw this 2-second clip in" rather that "this will fit nicely with the music or tell us something interesting about the band".
In a way, I don't blame the director for choosing not to tackle what may have been an insurmountable task: skillfully telling the story of a band that has so much personal significance to so many people and conveying the essence of such a transcendent live performance. Instead, though, the Director's own overt artistic influence made for a dull 75 minutes, only palatable for the familiar music in the background.
Go ahead and buy the DVD if you're curious, but don't go into it with high expectations like I did. This is not Heima, and this is not essentially Sigur Ros. If I were to do it again I would just buy the audio CD.
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