Rock films will never be experienced accurately on the small screen, let alone a horribly pirated download. Just like concerts, you want to see and hear everything close-up and loud. So post this in your calendar and show up with your the pals at the Palm Theatre on September 11th. This may only last one week, be forewarned.
Documentarian Davis Guggenheim gives us so much more than an all-star jam session (that would make even the gnarliest of rock geeks giddy); he leads us to these artists’ inner sanctums and illuminates the paths each one traveled to forge a sound all his own. We begin to understand how a one-time furniture upholsterer from Detroit, a London studio musician, and a Dublin schoolboy redefined the horizons of guitar playing. Meanwhile, Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin), the Edge (U2), and Jack White (The White Stripes) seem genuinely to enjoy each other’s company while sharing riffs, swapping stories, and divulging their distinct philosophies of craft.
This soulful opus is at once a portrait of each artist and a captivating examination of the creative process. It Might Get Loud does get loud, and in the process, opens up our minds and hearts to a whole new way of listening to and enjoying what it means to rock.