Monday, February 12, 2007

Tenacious D in The Pick Of Destiny

I doubt many people would have believed that a film about Tenacious D would ever have been made. Then again, not many people think highly of comical rock music. However, Tenacious D holds a special place in people's hearts which elevates the band from the level of which the music stands. Also, their music does, in a way, kick ass. Who doesn't love 'Tribute', 'Wonderboy' or the hilarious balladry of 'F**k Her Gently'? No? Well, I feel sorry for you!

In many other ways, a film about Tenacious D isn't all that unlikely considering that they had a short series before they even recorded an album and the material in that series comprises most of the album itself. The series itself is rather amusing considering its low budget but what makes it work is the continuing theme of Jack Black and Kyle Gass believing they are the greatest band in the world and the material nature of the songs which, thanks to Gass's ability to actually play combined with Black's theatrical vocals and unique sound, make Tenacious D worth listening to.

Sadly the film itself doesn't work too well when extended to a long format. Although in its six short episodes, the mini-series manages to keep you coming back, stretching that same format to 90 minutes doesn't do the 'D' any favours.

As you might have guessed, they are on a search for the pick of destiny which will bestow upon them magical capabilities to propel themselves into the rock arena and live the lifestyle that such a career extends to rock and roll stars.

The film starts promisingly with a hilarious flashback of a young Black rocking out to his unamused family eating dinner whereby his Dad, played by Meatloaf, drags his son upstairs for a sound spanking and a berating about the evils of rock music. However, what lets the film down is that each scene after is more ridiculous than the last and by the time we reach the climax, I was clock-watching every five minutes. The ending itself was poorly executed and sloppy and I felt totally cheated as a viewer.

If you're not a fan of Tenacious D, don't see this film. If you are, prepare to be let down.

I would give this film 4.7 cock push-ups out of 10.



Blogger Skry said...

The highlight of the film was Dio, which was luckily right at the start so most people watching can see the wee man of metal and then turn the movie off. It all goes downhill after Dio's appearance...

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