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It Might Get Loud
Jimmy Page and Jack White
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Overview

IT MIGHT GET LOUD is a slick documentary about three seminal guitarists from successive generations of rock royalty: Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, U2's the Edge, and the White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather's Jack White. The film follows the guitarists individually, in evocative settings like Headley Grange, the studio where "Stairway to Heaven" was written, and the Dublin high school where U2 first played together as teenagers. The three subjects sidestep music-biz gossip and open up about their influences, their approach to songcraft, and their aesthetic goals. Music lovers--guitar fanatics in particular--will thrill to some behind-the-scenes tech-talk as the artists explain how they get their respective sounds. These fascinating individual interviews are intercut with impressionistic bits, animation, cool titles, mesmerizing vintage footage of the guitarists and their blues-singer heroes, and a round-robin jam featuring all three guitarists learning and playing each other's tunes. The live-music segments are at times awkward, as the men eye each other warily and shyly, seemingly unsure of how to interact. But when the music works--as it does on the trio's impromptu "Whole Lotta Love"--sparks fly and genuine smiles break out all over. Fortunately, these inspired moments outshine the clumsy onstage socializing, and viewers are left with the impression that these three very different masters have more in common than previously suspected.

Awards:

Main Cast & Crew:
David Guggenheim - Director
Jimmy Page
Jack White
The Edge

 

    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD (Widescreen)
  • Run Time: 98
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 043396315129
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (mild thematic elements, brief language and smoking)
  • Release Date: December 2009

Reviews:
"IT MIGHT GET LOUD offers a thrilling personal tour of three exceptional electric guitarists' careers that equally appealing to musicians and rock enthusiasts alike." - 06/30/2009 Hollywood Reporter


3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Does this sound like rock heaven? It is." - 08/20/2009 Rolling Stone


"A fan's love letter to the art of the six-string, Davis Guggenheim's documentary IT MIGHT GET LOUD convenes a summit of guitar gods from three generations..." -- Grade: B- - 08/13/2009 A.V. Club


"A marvelous rock doc that manages to be wistful, tasty, and jam-kicking at the same time....Pure candy for the guitar hero in all of us." -- Grade: A - 08/21/2009 Entertainment Weekly


3 stars out of 4 -- “You don’t have to be a musician to appreciate IT MIGHT GET LOUD....Though their individual stories are compelling, the best moments are when they interact, either verbally or musically.” - 08/14/2009 USA Today


"The film culminates as the three finally come together on an empty soundstage in Hollywood for a conversation and a raucous jam session that is remarkable for its intimacy and its passion." - 08/14/2009 Los Angeles Times


"It's a group portrait of three musicians and also, more intriguingly, a free-form historical and philosophical essay on the instrument that unites them." - 08/19/2009 New York Times


“Guggenheim makes all this guitar/guitarist worship engagingly cinematic. One needn’t have a Stratocaster moldering in the closet at home to get a kick out of IT MIGHT GET LOUD...” - 09/04/2009 Washington Post


4 stars out of 5 -- "[I]t's an engaging study of guitar heroism as a shared passion." - 01/26/2010 Uncut


4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]eaming three of the world's most renowned axe-wielders: Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. In separate strands, each tells his own story....There are great pleasures..." - 01/01/2010 Empire


"There are compelling moments dotted through the film..." - 03/01/2010 Sight and Sound