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Critic Reviews for Glastonbury
For all the posers with light sticks and piercings, there are moments of Dada-esque beauty, not to mention some great music from Tinariwen, Bjork, David Bowie and the late, great Joe Strummer.
The portrait is spectacular and inclusive, if sometimes a bit overwhelming and confusing.
The film is clearly an act of boosterism, and it makes a pretty good case for the Glastonbury cause.
The overall soundtrack seamlessly patches together a sonic quilt of eclectic music that evokes a kind of timeless flow. It's not a Glastonbury of any particular vintage, but rather a continuum of experiences that have occurred on this sacred ground.
Audience Reviews for Glastonbury
Don't know how/why I made it through this whole documentary. Oh yeah, I remember: because of the bands listed on the front of the case. I thought this was going to have performances by these artists - kind of like Woodstock. Show some of the crowd, but showcase the music. This was the opposite. It was basically showing the attendees of the festival from it's beginning to the present day. It also went into detail about some of the problems the town has with hosting this many people, like crime and sewage. Not that fascinating. A lot of the people that were shown were either naked or high as hell. Not that fun to watch at home.
So, where does the music come in? Like, in 30 second snippets. And that's if you're lucky. The music will continue to play but the editing is so haphazard, there is no consistency, so much of the band footage is a montage, no more than a few seconds of a continuous shot at one time. If this was a marketing tool to come to the yearly festival, it did nothing to plead its case. Really not about the music - more about the revellers, who aren't so attractive.
2 hrs 5 mins of hippies and druggies, 12 minutes of actual music clips, and 1 minute of crap. huge disappointment. 2nd disc of bonus material has more music than the film.
The movie definitely captured the spirit of the festival, but I think the documentary was a bit too long (the movie clocks in at about 2 hrs. and 15 mins). There was a lot of redundancy as well, which pretty much consisted of a band playing and then shots of crazy drug-induced partying, which I guess is what you would come to expect from a "Woodstock-like" festival. The history of the festival and the area is interesting.
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