Beware Of Mr. Baker (2012)
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At home with rock 'n' roll monster Ginger Baker, Cream's legendary scarlet-maned, hell-raising drummer. This no-holds-barred, sad, and hilarious portrait of the man referred to as rock's first great drummer (and perhaps still its best) lets him tell his own story, intercut with footage of his continent-hopping life, from London to L.A., Nigeria, Italy, South Africa, and (way) beyond. Baker may have broken the mold musically, but his violent, dyspeptic mood swings, fueled by a multi-decade heroin
Nov 28, 2012 Limited
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It's refreshing to watch a music doc, especially one with such intimate access to its subject, in which barely anyone is unreservedly polite about the person in question.
Ginger Baker has been revealed as a major talent, an innovator and an unlikely survivor. And a not very nice guy.
Ginger Baker is, and was, a train wreck. Yet this film, like Baker's onstage playing, is always riveting, and something you can't look away from.
The takeaway: great musician, deficient family man, taxing friend and bandmate, excellent documentary subject.
With no preconceptions, I found this to be one of the films of the year - an extraordinary story about an even more astonishing talent.
Bleakly entertaining, Beware of Mr Baker neither eulogises nor patronises its subject; one day (though possibly not soon), Baker may take it upon himself to say thanks.
It's a broadly forgiving portrait of an impossible, irascible talent, who seems to have treated life much like his instrument.
We are always being told that books and movies have to have "sympathetic" lead characters - well, here's a documentary that does very well without one.
An interesting character study interspersed with classic rock, jazz and Afrobeat clips. Nothing more, but certainly nothing less.
Searingly honest and ultimately deeply moving, this is a fascinating portrait of notoriously antisocial former Cream drummer Ginger Baker, now 73 and still raging.
A fascinating rockumentary that pays tribute to its subject's impressive musical odyssey, while illustrating the enormous emotional costs he's incurred along the way.
By turns sad and darkly comedic, but never less than mesmerizing -- a moving and morally conflicted portrait of a true questing spirit.
This straightforward yet insightful documentary pays tribute to its subject without resorting to hagiography.
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