|Cast: Mike D, Adrock, MCA, Mix Master Mike, Keyboard Money Mark, Doug E. Fresh, Alfredo Ortiz|
Director(s): Adam Yauch
This was a good-intentioned idea for a concert doc that just didn't pan out well: give 50 fans 50 hand-held cameras and let them shoot anything and everything during a Beastie Boys show at Madison Square Gardens. There's nothing wrong with the concert or musical performances themsleves - the audio is good and it's hard enough to capture a decent live sound, let alone a hip-hop show (I find that live hip-hop shows almost always sound muddied. Generally, the heavy bass and beats drown out the vocals, which tend to be indistinct. I don't know if that's a genre thing or just a big challenge for the soundcheck crew, but I digress...), but the visual aspect is almost unwatchable without going into an epileptic seizure. The editing of footage from 50 different cameras is a daunting task, no doubt, but the editor(s) seemed to have ADD and want to make sure we develop it too via watching this doc. There's a new frame every time you blink and it's a little unsettling. I understand wanting to show the high energy of the Beastie Boys at a sold-out show at MSG, but there's got to be a middle ground between 1-shot-flat-out-boring and non-stop-flash-assault-on-the-eyeballs. None of the camera people are trained professionals, just fans with cams. There are interludes of some of them going to the bathroom between songs or buying beer and consessions, and you do get a good sense of being in the crowd amongst other yelling fans, but I found myself closing my eyes quite a few times and just enjoying the music. On the plus side, the Beasties' set list ran the gamut of all their albums, and you forget just how many hits they've had since forming in 1981(!), and they still record and tour and show no signs of letting up.
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