This Is Spinal Tap Reviews
As some have mentioned, while Spinal Tap may be an ingeniously ridiculous creation the Spinal Tap movie isn't just a gagfest. It is even more so a picture of burnout, symbolic of the (big) bottoming out of rock and roll culture at the time yes, but more specifically of the physical and emotional burnout of the band members, amid an aimless playing out the string. There are entire stretches of the movie that lag, which is why I've rated Spinal Tap slightly lower than Guffman and Best in Show. The draggy pace and empty sections may be for a purpose, but that purpose isn't comedy, which this movie at its best does better than nearly any other. Other films can show how drab and exhausting being on tour can be; only Spinal Tap can produce the volume, visuals, and yes, the smells, of rock culture at its most riotously, at times almost endearingly stupid and neanderthal. When it does, it soars, head-bangs and thrusts its way down from comedy heaven
Grade = 8.5/10
This is Spinal Tap is a film that has a cult following and I can kind
of see why, but not completely. It has it's many moments and I can't
deny laughs were had throughout but part of me did feel it was
overrated or one of those cult following films that aren't as good as
others say. I felt it was solidly good though and here below is why so.
The story is slow at first and the jokes don't flow as crazily as the
story but nevertheless jokes come off the reel with skill and
precision. I liked everything that is going on and I actually preferred
the arguments they all have to the music they play. I did enjoy the
music pieces and some the concert scenes can be hilarious and well
done, the movie does excel in making what could be stupid jokes into
actual smart ones.
The casting is very varied but they all work together well, all of the
main cast do a good job and to say it is a mockumentary style film they
really take to the part well. I like the more random cast more and the
little funny bits really stem from strange encounters the band have. I
think Rob Reiner does a good job not only delivering the questions as
he the documentary maker but also reacts really well too.
On to Rob Reiner again and he just happens to direct and co write this
movie too so all round Reiner really shows skill and although I believe
it could be funnier than it was, he still does a massively solid job.
Written by some of the main cast Christoper Guest, Michael McKean,
Harry Shearer and of course Reiner, This is Spinal Tap has quick smart
jokes and really allows the viewer to laugh at anything.
My main criticism is at the jokes, it is funny as I did feel it was a
tip top movie but part of me wanted to laugh more and for what some
people say, it isn't all that interesting either. It can bore you and
with me I felt it doesn't get off the mark well but does manage
actually to make some good jokes in the start so I'll give it that.
I think this movie was created for rock fans and comedy fans a like and
it really has a target demographic. I also felt whilst watching that
some people will find it funnier than I did and although I did laugh
quite a lot, there are more to be had here. Many will not like it and
think of it as kind of stupid and silly but I feel here you have to
want to watch it rather than just see if it is funny at all.
Overall I gave it a high 7/10 and felt it was solidly in that but it could
have maybe gone up just a little with a few things. In conclusion this
isn't a film that I absolutely loved but could easily see others loving
it, this really will come down to what you want in film and what you
want to see, but then again anyone should give it a go, and you should
in general laugh quite a bit if you have a funny bone.