I Am Trying to Break Your Heart Reviews
Synopsis: Rockumentary following the band "Wilco" in the making of "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot".
The source material is what ultimately carries this documentary above anything other than obscurity. It's extremely well photographed, the black and white imagery accompanies the music perfectly, but most of the actual imagery is typical rock band stuff that you yourself probably made for your own band in your teens with your home video camera. There is close to no real insight into the band or the record its documenting, you can literally find most of the information covered here in any literary article about about Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Intellectually the film is a bit of a disappointment.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot however, is simply a masterpiece of modern alternative rock (i'm not familiar with much Wilco music, but i love Foxtrot), and the feature is loaded to the brim with alternate takes of many of the tunes on the landmark record as well as music from Wilco's other albums (i'm assuming the ones i didn't recognize were from other Wilco works) and interviews with Wilco and their inner circle, such attractions are enough to warrant a watch by fans.
Though it doesn't offer much for non-fans, I Am Trying To Break Your Heart offers enough for those familiar with Wilco or their acclaimed fourth album.
Date Night: No
Art Factor: High
Fun Factor: Low
Emotional Factor: Medium
Intelligence Required: Low
Essential Viewing: No
Let it be said that as far as movies about bands, The Last Waltz will never be touched. Ever. Just the way the world is. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart comes close. Not a concert movie like Waltz, this is more of a story about how the pressure of trying to break through the glass ceiling can start to break a band. Honest to an almost uncomfortable point, you will leave this film with a great knowledge of just how much a band can (and should) be pouring into a record you buy (or probably steal). Also, if you have never heard of or just plain heard Wilco, great place to check them out. An amazing band in an amazing doc.