It Might Get Loud

It’s been a while since I’ve had a smile on my face through an entire film, but It Might Get Loud did that to me today.

My brother told me about the film a few weeks ago and we both watched it this weekend. That kicked off a number of email exchanges detailing our favorite segments and concluded with a two hour phone conversation this evening. I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t stop talking about it.

The documentary is about three guitar legends: Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. If you play music you’ll love it. If you love music you’ll love it. There’s not ten seconds of dullness to be found here.

My favorite segment: All three guys are chatting on the couch when Jimmy begins sharing a story about a manager who challenged him to expand on a section of chords he’d been playing around with. While The Edge and Jack watch, Jimmy grabs his guitar and strums that killer opening riff to “Whole Lotta Love”. The camera pans and you see both Jack and The Edge look on in wonderment.

It would have been easy for Page to dominate the film. Yet it’s his humble approach and willingness to play the music of fellow guitarists that makes this work shine.

Comments

  1. bentalbert says:

    Brett, you beat me to writing a post about this mesmerizing movie. I've watched it five times this week. It's ability to compel the viewer is almost beyond description. I'm surprised it isn't more widely acclaimed. Like you, my favorite scenes were when the three of them stood around schooling each other on their more noteworthy riffs and then watching each of them put their own signature on it. And you're right. My wife is not a music afficionado and she loved it. There's something for everyone in this piece. And for all of our ultra conservative friends, the people wo made this movie are also responsible for “An Inconvenient Turth.” (Take that!)

  2. Hahaha, I love Ben's last line there!
    It's #1 on our Netflix queue. Looking forward to seeing it!

  3. Just pushed it to number one in my netflix queue.

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  1. […] February 4, 2010 · Leave a Comment I did not expect to be moved so profoundly when I checked out a new movie from Red Box recently. When I saw the cover for “It Might Get Loud” I was mostly drawn to the cool factor of seeing guitar greats like Jimmy Page and the Edge. I’d never even heard of Jack White, although I’d been unwittingly listening to his music for several years. I wasn’t alone in my reverie. My friend Brett beat me to the punch when it came to posting about it. […]

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