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Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is as long and unwieldy as its title, but it's probably the most revealing look we'll ever get of its subject, and the most loving evocation of his music.
This portrait of Mr. Berry is downbeat, and in some ways incomplete; it's very different from what might have been expected. But in its own way, Mr. Hackford's film is revealing.
What one misses most of all are some glimpses of the earlier Chuck Berry, when the intensity of his music and his jackrabbit moves had more satanic majesty; too much of this film shows him at half-throttle.
It's a great concert, but it's also a fascinating character study.
The film works on two levels: as a portrait of a private, bitter and streetwise man, and as a major musical talent performing with obvious delight.
Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a joyous docu that effortlessly weaves luminary rock interviews with performance footage mostly shot at Berry's 60th birthday bash concert at the Fox Theatre St Louis.
Part documentary, part concert film, Chuck Berry Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll is a detailed, no-holds-barred look at one of the most important and mysterious figures in rock history.
Overlong but marvelously energetic.
Ultimately, though, it's the music that really matters, and Hackford certainly doesn't deny his audience that pleasure.
Hackford just lets his cameras roll -- and the film rocks.
One of the screen's most accomplished pop biographies ever, easily on a par with The Last Waltz.
Does just what the title says--and with great spunk.
Great true-to-life documentary about Chuck Berry's concert life and his 60th birthday St Louis celebration. I'm slightly annoyed by his unpolished guitar talents but his songs have withstood the test of time - a mark of influential songwriting.
Clapton, Richards, Lennon and the other celebrity interviews are funny - the performing guests even tease 60-year-old Chuck and his half-assed attitude.
In the film, Berry plays terribly over dozens of tracks while his celebrity-studded backup band carries him through. I admire his songwriting skills, but I'd rather listen through the performances with Berry's guitar backline muted.
The highlights are definitely the concert scenes; guest spots from Keith Richards, Julian Lennon and Clapton make for a surreal but fun show. Everything else is interesting and shot well but Chuck doesn't seem to want anyone to get past the surface.
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