Critic Consensus: A clever, absorbing documentary about They Might Be Giants, a musical duo whose brainy, idiosyncratic brand of pop has earned them decades of cult success.
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Critic Reviews for Gigantic
Prepare yourself for nights wandering around the house singing unshakable tunes.
The flabby, fawning film Gigantic comes across as 102 minutes of rib-nudging by one of the duo's annoyingly self-satisfied connoisseurs.
Predictably, Flansburgh and Linnell are the saving grace of the movie, both in their interview segments (refreshingly witty, although the editing could have been tighter) and particularly in the live footage.
Tries to be as irreverent and bouncy as a song by its subject, and succeeds for the most part.
Audience Reviews for Gigantic
This superb documentary recounts the twenty-year rise of one of rock's greatest duos: They Might Be Giants, in an oddball style as beguiling as the music of the men themselves, John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Clocking in at a 102 minutes and featuring top-notch interviews with the likes of Jon Stewart and Sarah Vowell, plus the duo's avant-goofy videos and concert and tv footage, makes this essential viewing for fan and non-fan alike, especially the duo's rendition of 'Birdhouse In Your Soul' on the Carson-era Tonight Show.
Being a huge fan of TMBG I am obviously biased but I thoroughly enjoyed this movie! I admit that if you are not a TMBG fan you probably aren't going to be as impressed with it (though if you are not a fan I am not sure why you would want to see it.) I don't know that it would necessarily win new fans but it does seem to have what is needed to make those who are already fans happy. Long live the Johns!
Also, of great value to fans is the DVD extras which include some old promos and music videos and things. Quite a nice little treasure trove of TMBG-ness!
I'm not sure how interesting it would be for non-TMBG fans, but for those already in the fold, it's a real treat. A fascinating insight into songwriting, popular music, and of course, They Might Be Giants
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