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.
Critic Reviews for Gigantic
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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.
A really entertaining and fascinating documentary about a band that makes great music. If you love TMBG, see this doc!
I like to keep my the lore and the faces of my music far away. I could probably name the lead singers of three or four bands; I like music, I just don't 'get into it.' Here, we get an incredibly expansive look into TMBG, but I beg that's there wasn't much to mine in the first place. They exist on the fringe of music, churning out great, albeit weird, music, and they've been doing it since 1982. There's a lot of filler, and people like Michael McKean and Andy Richter stop by to recite lyrics; totally teleprompted. Also, the host of This American Life, Ira Glass, probably just graduated to the spot of my least favorite person ever; awfully irritating, full of himself, and forcing the gay. All in all, I would have rather just listen to some of their music for 100 minutes; nothing I really needed or wanted to find out.