A Nutshell Review: Taking Woodstock
I always find a certain magnetism with the 60s being portrayed on
screen, with the likes of the hippie movement, the space race, the
Vietnam war, rock and roll, the list just goes on. It does seem like a
definitive time on the loss of innocence, and Lee Ang's movie Taking
Woodstock takes a look at the formation of the Woodstock music
festival, based upon the memoirs written by Elliot Tiber and Tom Monte
titled "Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, a Concert and a
Demetri Martin plays Elliot Tiber, the protagonist of the story whom
Fate had chosen to have led his sleepy town into hosting this iconic
music festival. However the journey in getting there is nothing quite
expected, and surreal even as it transformed the landscape of his
parent's dilapidated El Monaco Motel in White Lake, Bethel, along with
his neighbour's vast farmland which will become the venue of a
memorable 3 day festival of music and peace in 1969.
An interior designer who can't seem to lead his own life, no thanks to
his parents playing their cards right in evoking a sense of
helplessness, we learn that Elliot has to plough into his savings to
keep their "international resort" afloat from creditors, as well as
spending his free time helping out in the family business. Then comes
this huge money making opportunity when one plays host, and soon
enough, with the publicity cranking and the hippies a- coming, it
translates to cash registers ringing non-stop, and it seemed that all
his troubles had vanished in one fell swoop.
It's interesting to see the amount of schmoozing that goes on behind
the scenes in negotiating for rights, approvals and permissions, and
the hypocrisy that goes along with it when the townsfolk are overcome
by their disgust for the hippies and squarely blames Elliot for the
undesirable elements invading their serene estates, but on the other
hand they never fail to profiteer in charging their visitors sky-high
prices for the most basic needs, like water.
I didn't see how this film could be classified as a comedy, unless of
course one counts laughing at some of the antics the characters get
themselves into, or at the actors that put up a superb job in playing
them. Eugene Levy shines with that glint in his eye in not wanting to
be short-changed by the visiting businessmen, and Liev Schreiber's role
in drag as Vilma was a hoot as well, hired as Elliot's security
personnel when thugs try to make things difficult for his parents.
Emile Hirsch as a disillusioned and crazed Vietnam-vet was somewhat of
a let down with his frequent unfunny f-bombs, but the real scene
stealers here were the characters of Elliot's aged parents Sonia and
Jake, played by Imelda Staunton and Henry Goodman respectively. They
chew up the screen each time they're on with their performance,
especially the former as a cranky old lady doesn't flinch at being
nasty to her customers, and having a siege mentality and a knack for
making money. If anything, her role alone is a one woman tour-de-force,
and is worth the price of an admission ticket.
If you're expecting Lee Ang to recreate and feature music from
Woodstock, then you're looking for the wrong film and would be better
off with the documentary Woodstock. Here, you don't see the class acts
that take up the stage, nor do you see anything else of the iconic
event other than its preparation stage, and strained sounds from the
background as we follow Elliot around the venue. It's akin to being
shut out from the concert, but with so many other things going around
the sprawling, muddy grounds, the real action is on the outside anyway
as far as the film is concerned.
It's a look into the workings of a small town community which sees the
coming of some half a million people as opportunity for some fleecing,
and about how family members sometimes take things for granted, worse
if being deliberate about it for selfish reasons, which provided the
real sucker punch for this memoir picture..
firebug watch The School Of Rock movie
get representation of woodstock.
halolovesa10 watch Bellboy Donald movie
Taking Woodstock was ridiculous. I thought it would be funny, and though there were some funny parts, it was an overall dissappointment..
firstname.lastname@example.org watch Back To School movie
funny sad and hilarious .
donnaf watch Billy Rose's Jumbo movie
not bad, love woodstock .
donnaf watch The Fourth Angel movie
love woodstock, great music.
a movie to see. will enjoy.
it is nice to see it again.
A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969. .
the movie sweeney todd is incredible and i love johnny depp.
nice movie. the settings and casting are great!.
Nothing has to be old, to be a classic .
Once i saw the preview to this film i knew it was going to be
interesting. and i was right. the story told here is entertaining from
the beginning to end. its well acted by ever member of the cast, and
directed wonderfully by Mr. Ang Lee. the film affected me so much, it
made me wish i was born in a different time. namely this era. i think
this movie gives you a very strong idea of what it took for Woodstock
to happen, and all of the "love" put into it. it made me think that it
wasn't just a concert, it was more. thats how strong the affect was
that this movie gave me. comedy, drama, and a little bit of romance.
this movie is one of 2009's best in my opinion, and will continue to
have a name for its self. nothing has to be old to be a classic..