Reviewed byimdb-872-221442Vote: 9/10/10
I'm not really a Nick Cave fan. I really liked Where the Wild RosesGrow (the hit from 1995) and have heard some other stuff that's nice,but I don't think I've ever listened to a full Nick Cave album. Mygirlfriend dragged me to this movie, and I'm glad she did.
I had totally forgotten what happened (read about it in the news lastyear), so it was a little bit confusing when he/they talked about thetrauma in the first half of the movie. But it was soon apparent that hehad lost someone close to him, which made everything make sense.
It is a depressing documentary. But if you only want to see happythings, go watch the Police Academy series or some other uncomplicatedmovie. This documentary will make you think, and fear losing peopleclose to you (especially if you're a parent). Also, I'm not a moviebuff, and don't know all the terms. But the cinematic whatever-it's-called (position and movement of the camera) was great. The directorreally managed to capture what Nick said, tried to say, and didn't say.I saw the 2D version of the movie, I can imagine that some scenes wouldhave had even more of an impact in 3D, but this was more than goodenough.
Finally, the music was great. Nothing like the upbeat and funny NickCave-songs I've heard before, but still great. If I didn't have thealbum on Spotify already, this would have been my first Nick Cavealbum.
Reviewed bymarkgormanVote: 6/10/10
Don't get me wrong I was willing, urging this film to be magnificent.But will as I did, it isn't.
In fact it's like the ultimate home movie utilising the finestcinematographers money can buy (Benoit Debie and Alwin H Kuchler - Isuspect one was on 2D duty, one on 3D - I saw it in 2D).
The back story is important here. The documentary was commissioned tofilm the making of Cave's brilliant new album, Skeleton Tree, (I knowit's brilliant because it was played in full on its release 11 hoursago on the BBC 6 Music Mary Anne Hobbs Show). What nobody predicted wasthat it would become a film about grief because, as I understand thetiming, no sooner had filming started than Cave's 15 year old son,Arthur, died in a climbing accident. The chronology of this is notclear in the film's narrative.
When I read of Arthur's death I was devastated for Nick Cave (I trulylove the man) and so I expected the film to be an emotional rollercoaster.
Instead what we get is a strung out self indulgence piece. And I don'tmean Nick Cave's self indulgence, I mean Andrew Dominik's. (Director ofCave-soundtracked, and awesome, movie The Assassination of Jesse Jamesby the Coward Robert Ford.)
It is sumptuously photographed and of course the music is stellar butthe glue that binds it, the storyline, is fragmented, dull andseemingly endless. OK, I accept Cave is a private man and he doesn'twant to spill his grief out on camera, his wife too, but when hedescribes breaking down in the arms of a virtual stranger on the HighStreet in Brighton we get a glimpse of what he is going through.
But that's it.
My companion fell asleep several times. Thanks partly to the heat inThe Filmhouse, Edinburgh where we saw this. Extremely uncomfortable.Did they not know they had a sell out audience?
I don't like being negative about a film of this nature but if Dominikhad an Executive Producer with a firmer hand we might have seen a morepared down and rewarding experience.
If you want to see Nick Cave at his very best on film watch the farsuperior 20,000 Days on Earth, directed by Jane Pollard and IainForsyth. It's magnificent.
Reviewed byMichiel HeinickeVote: 10/10/10
3D is used here as an art form, a new experience for me. Also the blackand white really adds to the vibe. We get to grieve with Nick about hisson Arthur's death. We see him not as a rock star but as a human beingdealing with loss. The songs used from his 16th album Skeleton Treewere just amazing. It feels like we're there in the recording studiowith Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Like we are a part of the music, andits brilliant.
I saw it in a packed cinema and everyone sat glued to their seats whenthe credits start rolling. It's that good.
Go see it in 3D while you still can. It will change you forever.
A meditation narrative reflection of Nick Cave's process. A history that resists the narrative structure and shows the poet grasping at sensual intuitions. Filmed lovingly and richly raw that showcases the imperfections and hesitant fits of existence. This is a portrait of a self-portrait and the viewer can get lost and/or bored in this hall of mirrors music doc. Enter at your own risk.