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Posted by admin On April - 27 - 2008

It’s too bad that the title School of Rock was already taken, because with this movie, class is in session. All an aspiring musician or music lover needs to do is pull up a chair and learn from the awesomeness that is the Rolling Stones.

I have a certain red-headed friend who likes to hate on the Stones. That is only because he has never watched Keith Richards play the guitar. Honestly any guitar player that hasn’t studied their moves from Richards must not care about their craft that much.

If there was any doubt that Marty Scorsese had a great sense of humor, after he allowed himself to be a fish in Shark Tale, it was erased in the opening of Shine a Light. The movie opens with Scorsese scrambling to try and prepare for the movie, as well as deal with Mick Jagger. Anyone who has read anything about Jagger, knows why that would be funny.

The performance is as high energy and rocking as one would come to expect from the Stones. A great mix of hits comprises the score, and old clips and interviews break up the music nicely. It was also a star studded performance, with Slick Willy introducing the band, and Jack White, Buddy Guy and Christina Aguilera guesting. I even enjoyed seeing Zack’s man crush perform Loving Cup alongside Mick.

As a music lover and student of rock history, I loved every second of this movie. As a product of that era, my Uncle (who was so kind as to take me to the movie) was hoping for more footage of vintage performances. While I would have enjoyed seeing that, I cannot complain about what they did have. The option of seeing it on the IMAX was a great choice, and I highly recommend seeing this movie to any music lover.

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  1. Blake Said,

    Now I don’t pretend to know nearly as much as the two of you fine gentlemen, but I feel compelled to share my thoughts. As I walked out of the theater the first words that went through my head were “Perfectly Sloppy”. Just like Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and the Stones as a group do not hit every note the same way every time. It is that “sloppiness” that makes them beautiful. Unfortunately, the term sloppiness tends to have a negative connotation, but bands like the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin have made it an art. Shine a Light on IMAX gives the viewer an unparalleled experience; it’s like your in a magic chair that is conveniently located in the front row with a back stage pass. Plus I laughed my ass off.

    Posted on April 27th, 2008 at 11:24 pm

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