Saturday, August 20, 2016

This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

Embassy Pictures
Directed by Rob Reiner
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
(Blu-ray, MGM/Fox)

Silly rock "documentary" about a fictional heavy metal band from the UK undertaking a disastrous tour of the US. Skewers the obvious empty-headed tendencies of the worst of that musical genre, but played completely straight which actually detracts from the comedy. The songs are so close to the real thing (except for the lyrics which are hilariously over-the-top), that I found myself actually forgetting this was supposed to be funny. Rob Reiner overstays his welcome as the fictional interviewer following the band around. I thought the best jokes actually occurred under the final credits.

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