While a little overlong, "It Might Get Loud" is otherwise an enjoyable and well, loud follow-up for director Davis Guggenheim to "An Inconvenient Truth". This time around, Guggenheim follows guitarists Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White - three different generations of musicians - as they recall some of the best memories of their career and their thoughts about the electric guitar.
The doc visits with all three musicians separately and - during some stretches - together, weaving in performance clips and other footage in-between the interviews. The interviews veer off into various topics on music and other insights, but taken as a whole, they do a very fine job at disassembling the craft of being a rock musician.
All three break it down in their own way, allowing the viewer to get a look at the tricks of the trade, such as the Edge's use of electronic tools. While no one ever thought it was easy to be the Edge or Jack White or Jimmy Page, the three musicians really give the viewer a further appreciation of what it takes from the creative and technical sides to do what they do on-stage and in the studio. While these three are musicians, the movie could be viewed as taking a look at what it means to be an artist in general.
Guggenheim does his best to try and liven up the proceedings to make the documentary more than just a series of "talking head" interviews. Some of the archive footage is thrilling to see and there are even some entertaining side trips, such as a visit by the Edge to the old classroom in Dublin where he used to practice. There's some great tidbits throughout the film, such as the Edge discussing his thoughts on "This Is Spinal Tap": "I didn't laugh, I wept - it was so close to the truth." The Edge also chats in the film about building his own first guitar and other stories from his early years.
However, some of the best scenes of the movie are the scenes where the three join together to play music and discuss their philosophies. These scenes are relaxed and quite enjoyable, as it's fantastic to see these three greats bounce riffs and ideas off one another. I only wish there were more of these scenes in the film.
"It Might Get Loud" may seem a little long at times for casual fans, but hardcore followers will likely find it quite entertaining.
VIDEO: The film's 1.78:1 (1080p/AVC) presentation from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment wasn't without a few mild concerns, but otherwise presented the documentary material in above-average fashion. Sharpness and detail understandably varied depending on the age of the footage, with the new footage looking relatively crisp and detailed.
Some specks and wear did appear at times, as well as a few instances of slight edge enhancement and mild grain. Colors appeared clean and natural, with satisfactory saturation and no smearing or other faults.
SOUND: Although not quite electrifying, the film's DTS-HD 5.1 audio presentation certainly delivered in a number of regards. Surrounds were not used aggressively, but were put to use on a number of occasions to provide effective reinforcement for the music. Music was generally given a nice spread across the front soundstage and dialogue remained clear and well-recorded. While it doesn't stand as the best music-related 5.1 presentation, it'll likely entertain fans.
EXTRAS: director Davis Guggenheim and producers Lesley Chilcott and Thomas Tull offer an audio commentary. We also get the Toronto Film Festival press conference for the film, which lasts over 30 minutes and brings together the director and three musicians. Finally, deleted scenes and trailers for other titles from the studio are offered.
Final Thoughts:"It Might Get Loud" may seem a little long at times for casual fans, but hardcore followers will likely find it quite entertaining. The Blu-Ray edition offers terrific audio quality, nice audio quality and a few solid supplements. Recommended.
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