As always, I start with the positives. The acting in this film wasn't too bad, especially for an independent. The unfortunate fact is that these five friends are never really characterized very well as such, and have only a few brief moments that prove their connection to each other. Ronnie's character was hardly developed at all, and thus it doesn't carry enough weight to warrant the plot of the film. Even though the script has plenty of wit & clever plot twists, it fails to be anything more than a simple road trip flick.
But there's another crucial element to the film that drags it down further than it should have. These four guys are supposed to be hardcore rock fans. And they just don't pull it off. The fact that the plot is based around this fan-dom sinks the ship like loose lips. It's so generalized, a few changes could really make this about any band. I see what the film is trying to accomplish, but it just doesn't do it very well. It doesn't deliver any sense of "hardcore" about it. And the heart that's meant to carry between the comedy is hardly there at all.
Over all the clever script and half-decent acting can't keep this bland, overly-formulaic road trip comedy from living up to American cinema, much less Aussie, as the charm slowly deteriorates from beginning to end. And it paints a pale portrait of its fan-dom that it seems to have so much love for. In a word, I was underwhelmed. "Thunderstruck" gets 3.5 red hats out of 10.
The first few hours I went to lectures and met Wayne Coyne. I went to a lecture about music documentaries and another about using muisc and getting music for movies.
After that I proceeded to the Alamo South Lamar for the Premier of [b]Fearless Freaks[/b], a music documentary about the Flaming Lips. It was really good and really fun. It explored the lips, but also touched on their family and where they grew up, what they did before and are doing now and even showed part of Wayne Coyne, the lead singer, constructing the set for his own movie, Christmas on Mars.
Then I went over to the Dobie. This is a small theater in a crappy mall, but the theater itself had two sets of seats, facing the screen, diagonally if that makes sense. It sounds worse then it looks. Anyways, there I saw [b]Thunderstruck[/b]. This is, for any AC/DC fans, that might have perked their ears up, a film that has a little AC/DC tinge too it. Its about 5 friends who used to be in a band. 12 years after they broke up, one of them dies and they must fulfill a promise to bury their friend near the grave of Bon Scott. Very cool and funny movie. It wasnt anything remarkably deep but it was as good as more than a few American Comedies. I really hope they wide-release it, but they probably wont.
After that I tried to make it over to the Alamo Downtown for a midnight showing of a movie called Reeker, but by the time I got there the theater was full and I didnt make it in, so I went back to the Hotel to get some sleep for the next day of movie watching madness.