by Old Monkey
Okay, if you've seen this film, and you want to know what it's about, read my review. If you haven't seen the film, just see it, it's awesome (if you like Pink Floyd, it's even better).So, here's the deal with this movie, it's one story, started at 3 different points. You have little Pink, who you can ascertain has lost his father to the war. This is slightly autobiographical, as Roger Waters lost his father in "black forty four". You also have rock and roll star Pink, who is ruined by his looming insanity, and is driven over the edge by his wife's infidelity. And then you have full blown insane Pink, who is the Nazi-esque leader of the Hammer Regime.
"So you thought you might go to the show?"
The story plays out well with the music. The music being my favorite part. Roger Waters put together this 2 disc album AFTER the making of the film.
Delving further into the biographical side of the Wall, Pink Floyd had a singer named Syd Barrett in the 60's. Syd was really into the acid scene, and it was pretty well known that in his house, unless you poured a drink yourself, don't drink it, because someone probably spiked it with acid. He was taking it 5 to 6 times a day, and subsequently lost his mind. He resides in a home for mentally ill people, after the death of his mother some years back. He has absolutely no recollection of being in the band, or the 1960's.
So, the story is sort of a meld between Syd and Roger, and what you learn is that the death of Pink's father, the overbearing nature of his mother, the nasty school teachers, the life of a rock star, the cheating of his wife, we're all bricks in "The Wall". The Wall being the shell he built around himself, the driving force behind his insanity.
What happens in the end is truely frightening. Pink, after coming out of a psychological breakdown becomes the "charismatic leader" of the affore mentioned Hammer Regime. He leads them in a series of "KrystalNacht" type events, raping, breaking, pilliaging. And they overtake the government, finally, in the ending, an explosion shown tearing down the Wall (man, the stuff you can see in that wall!) is how Pink's empire comes to an end, and we can see the children who survived rebuilding from what is left.
So, that's what was going on, in case you were unfamiliar with the story of the band. Now, as far as a review goes. This film used some special effects that were, as far as I can say, ahead of it's time. Some of the footage is just plain eerie. The music compliments this film so well, from blaring rock and roll, to quiet ballads of insanity, from begining to end, a fine soundtrack. The cast, namely Bob Geldof, is amazing, having to play this role while rarely speaking is an accomplishment. Although, he could work just a little on his lipsync skills.
The film stands out in my mind as one of the classics in the teenage scene, especially teenagers who partake in the use of narcotics (marijuana, and LSD, mostly). Simply due to the psychedelic nature of both the music and the photography.
The film stands out in my mind as one that someone not in the above demographic could easily think "Why did I just spend money on this?" It's not easy to follow at all, but I don't think it was intended to be. It's a highly personal story told through music. If you do rent this, think of it more like Fantasia, than A Hard Day's Night.All in all, I'd have to say that you should give this film a shot once, you never know, you might end up learning something new.
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originally posted: 05/11/99 03:42:57