Gimme Danger (2016)
Gimme Danger (2016)
Critic Consensus: Its infectious enthusiasm for its subjects - and Iggy Pop's ingratiating presence - more than make up for the effortlessly entertaining Gimme Danger's relative lack of context or depth.
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An important addition to our understanding of early '70s anarchy.
Chronologically charts the chaotic rise, fall and reunion of shirtless Iggy Pop and his grungy, volatile crew of iconoclastic Michigan punks who wowed the critics but disappointed the record companies.
A brainy and funny look at the creation and still-evolving legacy of a rock 'n' roll band Jarmusch considers the greatest of all time, even if RollingStone and snobby critics won't admit it.
Those who know every shred of the band's story will find the film a cool reminder of what the Stooges meant to rock 'n' roll. Those who know little of their music will find Pop an interesting and forthcoming individual.
Iggy Pop, the band's front man and the only member to graduate to a solo career, is a source of endless hilarity as he recalls the band's grungy beginnings and lurching journey through the music business.
Gimme Danger is more than carried by the colourfulness of its story and characters, and by the bold essay-like thesis that The Stooges -- now firmly ensconced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame -- were the greatest rock band of all time.
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Jarmusch makes a documentary that looks surprisingly cheap, amateurish and poorly made (even the ridiculous font used seems like from PowerPoint), being also superficial and irritatingly conventional like a TV special and not offering anything relevant in terms of context.
Jim Jarmusch's latest documentary is a loving retrospective of one of the most influential bands to emerge from the sixties counterculture. Sadly, it seems to be a somewhat empty effort, but fans of The Stooges will be more forgiving of the film's shortcomings. If you're looking for great insider stories from Iggy and the crew, some of whom sadly passed away before the film's release, there's a few chapters' worth of trivia and context for the band. Iggy Pop is a natural showman, and his interview footage carries the film. The problem here is with some of the stylistic choices - some understandable, some not so much. If you were expecting a lot of rare footage of the band in its prime, it is scarce and redundant with different overlaid footage, giving the illusion that you hadn't seen the same clip 15 minutes before. To keep the jaunty, swirling pace during anecdotes of the bands exploits, there are these downright hokey cartoon cut-out reenactments that are unnecessary at worst, mildly amusing at best. By the end, they hit home the ubiquity of The Stooges in rock music and give a fond farewell to their fallen compatriots. But for a musical documentary, they play "No Fun", "I Wanna Be Your Dog", "TV Eye", and "Search and Destroy" about five times each while only skirting over some of the lesser known material. It's certainly not all about the music, but some could argue that The Stooges as a cultural phenomenon, after reaching this stage of exposure, isn't just about the music anymore. Still, it is a well made movie, and fans will get what they paid for.
Jim Jarmusch the coolest post-modern filmmaker to arise out of the 1980s brings us his unique style to a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of 'The Stooges', am influential rock band associated with the rise of punk music in the early 1970s. The documentary combines interviews with the surviving band members sharing their hilarious and often heartfelt stories combined with Jarmusch's deadpan style and feeling. While fans of the Stooges will actually have a ball watching this film, for those who aren't that familiar with the band in particular will probably find the style injected into the film's subject matter and story to be incredibly worthwhile. Overall, it's a funny, entertaining, insightful and evocative documentary put together, definitely essential for Stooges fans, music documentaries and Jim Jarmusch's filmography.
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