Saw the movie back to back at two nearby theaters that were showing it tonight, and I really enjoyed it. Both times I saw it, when they show the band playing Alive at the Moore, I got chills - to have a chance to see footage from that show was amazing since that is really where it all began. I thought the MLB/Andy Wood parts of the movie were handled well also. Loved that they used Indifference when talking about Cobain's suicide. Stone finding a Grammy in the basement wrapped in the lamp cord cracked me up both times (oh look, a grammy!) and Rothskilde was truly upsetting. I was at the MSG show that they filmed Better Man at, and that kind of made me feel like I was a small part of the movie, even though I was singing along with 20000 other fans.
While I understand why a lot of the middle section of the history is glossed over quickly, I was hoping for a little more in this area. I also thought the song choices were a little too heavy on the Italian tour, which had its own DVD. I know everyone has mentioned the drummer thing, but I thought the clip they used was actually pretty entertaining. But by skipping out on most of the mid-late year stuff they weren't able to talk to Matt Cameron too much, so it does seem like there is a missing part of the band. And a little piece on how Boom became a part of the group would have been nice too. The other thing I think they should have spent a couple minutes on the creation of their own label and how that has affected the later years of the band. It sounds like a lot, but it's all nit picking for the most part.
I came home and ordered the Deluxe blu-ray, so let's hope the additional footage focuses on some of the missing parts of the band's history.
If you didn't get a chance to see it tonight, and you are near an extended run city, definitely go check it out. All in all, it's like a peek behind the wizard's curtain...you won't be sorry. Already looking forward to seeing it again!
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