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Review: A Mighty Wind

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JudyR 30 May 03 - 03:06 AM
Gareth 30 Nov 03 - 08:55 AM
GUEST,Kim C no cookie 01 Dec 03 - 11:30 AM
Cluin 01 Dec 03 - 11:50 AM
wanderhope 02 Jan 04 - 11:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: JudyR
Date: 30 May 03 - 03:06 AM

Oh,dear, after all the expectations, I was slightly disappointed. I [i]would[/i] see it again, because there are subtleties (instrumentation, notes, lyrics), I missed, and the costumes were delicious. Darn it, my favorites far and above all, were the Folksmen, and I wanted to see them more, and more songwise (no, it wasn't a concert film, but why not let them finish a song?) Loved Harry Shearer's bass-voiced droleness, Guest's deadpan sublety. The Main Street Singers were cute for a little while -- and I recognized a lot of wierd California types in the two religous freaks.

But (ohmigod, am I the only one that thinks this?) Mitch bored me to tears. Everytime he gave one of his spaced-out speeches, I tuned out. I read that he was given free reign as to what to do with the character -- I don't agree with his choice. I was looking for more direct parody of recognizable folk acts, and I certainly didn't see Ian in that. I think Roger Ebert had a point -- that the musicianship was just too close to the real thing, and not *quite* bent enough. I waited through the entire performance of the title song to get to the funny last line (I did entirely enjoy Shearer assigning each section of the audience to a different animal sound. Now *that* rang true from that time!)

Things I liked: Bob Balaban (used to hate him, love him now). Even liked the Town Hall manager (turns out, he's a patient at my dentist's!) Liked Ed Begley's little Yiddish bit to kow-two to the Jewish aspect of the biz a lot. Loved the opening "Weavers-film" style segment. Wanted more like that. And LOVED all the album covers! (particularly great was the ersatz Ian and Sylvia cover, with the exact pose and sheepskin jackets -- would that they would have carried the Ian and Sylvia "joke" just a little further).

A friend, who did like the film better than I -- noted that parts of the "Weaver" segment were too over-the top -- how stupid, he said, can they be to put out albums without a hole? He compared it to Spinal Tap, with the "11" on the needle (not sure if I am quoting him accurately, but he meant the ST nailed the players better).

I did not mind that this satirized that pallid early-60's folk, and not the "authentic" stuff. After all, how funny could you get parodying Dylan (although, maybe folk madonnas like Baez/Collin). But, perhaps Guest *is* too close to the stuff. Could any of us parody Baez and not feel like we were trampling on sacred ground?

The audience with me, came in wanting to laugh, it was obvious. We all laughed mightily at the beginning, and it tapered off. Again, I would like to see it again, though.

Speaking of over-the-top, Fred Willard was just awfully unfunny. Maybe he's one that *should* have been scripted.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: Gareth
Date: 30 Nov 03 - 08:55 AM

Well - A Mighty Wind comes to the UK

Here is the 'Observer's' review Click 'Ere

I suspect the film will be confined to the "Art House" circuit, but yer never know.

The 'Observer' says it will open on 16th January - but where, they say not.

Gareth

BTW - proof that I do occasionally read the 'Kultural' pages !


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: GUEST,Kim C no cookie
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 11:30 AM

I finally saw this movie. Mister bought it used on DVD, so now it's in the library. I think it's a HOOT! I thought it was very well done, and impressed that the actors really were singing and playing. Eugene Levy has a pretty good singing voice!

I think I like Best in Show a little better, but Christopher Guest and his crew make some pretty darn good movies.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: Cluin
Date: 01 Dec 03 - 11:50 AM

Haven't made my mind up on this one yet. I was a bit disappointed because I had pretty high expectations I guess. Lots of funny parts, but maybe, as has been said, musically it was just a bit too close to the truth.

I found Best In Show and Spinal Tap funnier.

But I want to see it again, this time in DVD so I can see all the deleted scenes.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: wanderhope
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 11:30 AM

Just back from a hiatus from reading this stuff, and I forgot how much I missed it. I got the "Mighty Wind" DVD for Christmas, and enjoyed the movie. My high school group was "The Tradewinds", named after a local cafeteria. Bill Wharton (The Sauce Boss) and I were two of the three of us. Bill stayed with it. I went into counseling (getting and and giving it).


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: Sttaw Legend
Date: 02 Jan 04 - 05:51 PM

Wind is always a problem after Christmas and New Year


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: katlaughing
Date: 03 Jan 04 - 01:19 AM

Well, we finally got to see this, too. It WAS a hoot; thoroughly enjoyed it. Loved Spinal Tap, best...probably because it was the first. These guys are spot on every time, though!

kat


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: Mr Red
Date: 16 Jan 04 - 06:07 PM

Well I am getting a lot of good vibes on this one BUT..........

Mighty Wind - is it art? (with a capital F) .........


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: greg stephens
Date: 16 Jan 04 - 06:25 PM

Well it says it's on genral release in England today, but alas not in Stoke. As far as I can see the nearest cinema it's on in is Birmingham, and it'll take more than a movie to get me to go down there.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: John Hardly
Date: 16 Jan 04 - 07:03 PM

I confess.....it depressed me. I've never been able to tell how serious to take my music. Lotsa folks here on the 'cat make me feel the same insecurity -- like there's some kinda inside scoop on what is hip (tell me tell me). Same thing with taking my writing with any degree of seriousness -- I guess I'm too insecure. I wish I could be the snide PeterT type who's so in the know that I could spread belittlement with just the slightest slighting, just the right smirk.

It was funny though.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: Marc Bernier
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 10:35 AM

I just finished watching A Mighty Wind again. This movie may never develope the cult status of Spinal Tap, but it is a good movie. You do need to be able to laugh at yourself a bit though.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 11:05 AM

Agreed. Great Stuff!


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 11:23 AM

Is Fred Willard the illegitimate American brother of John Cleese?
They both nail the mock-serious and the absurd like few others.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Dec 08 - 08:02 PM

Teah, some body way back there pointed out the "Never did no Wanderin'" song. I thought it was great, purely for the celebration and portrayal of an ideal that they never actually followed!

John


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 02 Dec 08 - 05:12 PM

By the way, the KT member who played the four-string Martin was recently departed Nick Reynolds of our area.

Some of the characters in the film reminded me of the types that showed up for on-campus outdoor shows in our college amphitheater in the late 1950's and early 1960's, often with more hair and attitude than talent, but that was half the fun. I was one-third of a trio back then. The best performance we ever gave, according to a local reviewer, was the day we had a 1:00 PM performance - same day as I endured a double wisdom tooth removal in the morning. I think the Darvon helped immensely.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: Alice
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 09:18 PM

A Mighty Wind is re-run on The Comedy Channel tonight.


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Subject: RE: Review: A Mighty Wind
From: Ref
Date: 13 Jan 09 - 10:02 PM

Get the DVD for the extra scenes and musical bits.


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