Rock Milestones: Pink Floyd - The Wall
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This movie is depressing. It is one of the most depressing movies you will ever see. It compiles all pitfalls in existence and distills them into a perfectly concise hour-and-a-half montage (again, these are Western culture pitfalls... or "first world" problems; the suffering in the rest of the world is obviously more horrific than love lost, drug abuse, and unwanted stardom).
That being said, there is something very encouraging and uplifting about it... the viewer is immediately able to empathize with these all-too-real issues. They are topics we've all seen firsthand or even encountered ourselves, and they are underscored by such adeptly complementary music that it taps a very real emotional chord common to all of us. However, it is easily taken as a "there but for the grace of god go I" message that actually makes you feel better about your situation... you recognize and feel the situation and probably start thinking about parallels with your own life, and then you realize you don't have it so bad. The twinge of sadness you feel won't be for futility or unavoidable suffering (as so many "art house" stories often portray), but rather for this seemingly real, HUMAN individual who you wish you could rescue from the painful oblivion from which he withdraws and tell him it will be okay... but you know it's not possible because the despair is very real and very tangible to all of us.
There is a little bit of "The Wall" in many such tales of isolation and despair, but none have captured it so completely as Roger Water's masterpiece. I saw this movie when I was three... 31 years later, it has the same validity, truth, and universality as it had at its initial launch.
This is an unsanctioned, bootleg "documentary".
I'm not watching this DVD a second time to ensure accuracy, but ... First of all, it contains no relevant people giving new interviews. If Gilmour, Waters, et. al. appear at all, they're in archived footage, in interviews you've likely seen before. Those who do give new interviews are strangers, and unappealing ones, at that.
The music of The Wall plays incessantly in the background -- but, for whatever legal reason, they're COVER VERSIONS by sound-alike "bands" (that only have one or two "members")! They sing terribly, just abominably bad. Who would name their Pink-Floyd-cover band "The Trial"?!? What a ridiculous choice. Call it "Vera Lynn"! LOL.
This documentary is not re-watchable, making it a poor buy. In fact, it's barely watchable the first time through. It's sad that Pink Floyd fans have been so eager to spend their money, giving rise to shoddy knock-off products like these. This is little better than a bootleg T-shirt. Actually, a T-shirt would be more functional! Better to spend your money on an illicit concert recording, instead. And I would, because of this poor documentary, be very wary of other DVDs bearing the "Rock Milestones" appellation, in the future,
If you haven't seen this masterpiece by now, then you must be living under a rock the size of Everest! See this... It is an amazing tour of emotions! You will feel hopelessness, sadness, melancholy, excitement, disgust, and utter nausea as you skate on the thin ice.
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