This Is Spinal Tap Reviews
Familiar but riotously funny, This Is Spinal Tap is a refreshing take on rock and roll, and mockumentaries in general.
At the core of this story is the three main band members, David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) and Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer). David and Nigel are like brothers but when David's girlfriend Jenny (June Chadwick) it causes a lot of tension among the bandmembers. They are attempting a comeback tour and filmmaker Marty DiBergi (Rob Reiner) is there to film this tour and the chaos and comedy that ensures.
It's a film that is so absurd, so fun and so enjoyable to watch that one can't even fathom this may not be a real band. Their songs are good, albeit offensive at times.
I would like the give this film a higher rating but simply has not held up that well over time. It is a parody of a typical 70s British heavy metal band. The film has developed a cult status, and many of its lines are recited by fans over the years.
The comedy is sedate, and makes one think about the rock business of that era. Like a Monty Python film, one must pay attention to every line to understand a lot of the intelligent satire. The film can easily be digested over multiple viewings and I'm sure fans have all seen it more than once.
The film actually deserves 8.5/10 stars, because for me, it teeters between being an exceptional movie vs a very good one.
A documentary producer/director, Marty DiBergi, follows the hard-rock band Spinal Tap around on their reunion tour of the US. This is the outcome: a rock documentary - a rockumentary. Through interviews of the band he covers their history and creative processes, and captures some of their behind-the-scenes interactions. He also films some of their concerts and music. There's a reason they're not that well known...
One of the funniest movies ever made. A great spoof of rock music, and the music industry in general. Just about every scene and line is iconic and quotable (eg "Our amps go up to eleven", the saga of the drummers).
Very relatable too, especially to anyone who follows rock music. So many scenes that remind you just how superficial, pretentious and sometimes plain stupid rock musicians can be. Cringingly close to reality at times.
Brilliant beyond description. So good this movie created a genre - the mockumentary.