Being a huge fan of the Kings of Leon, I was pretty sure I would enjoy this film when I saw it at the cinema back in June, and I was right. This is a great insight into the bands' origin that fans will love. What surprised me was how much of a good documentary this is in general. It gives a very open and "warts 'n' all" look at not just the band but of a part of American lifestyle, culture and religion that exists mainly in the southern states.
There is an element of gentle rebellion on the part of the band members who are very family orientated but driven to follow an alternative path to that which is offered to them, or in some cases expected of them. In places this film almost becomes a modern embodiment of J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, with lead singer Caleb Followill projecting a familiarity to the character Holden Caulfield.
Sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll, whisky, beer and women. The work of the devil or just living free and experiencing all that life has to offer? It's impossible to conclude as their story is far from over. Fan or not, this is an important landmark in the story of what will be recognised as our generations Zeppelin or Stones and an enthralling look at a portion of American society that doesn't show up on the glossy U.S. television shows we watch.
Talihina Sky does what any documentary should; it makes you think. There are smiles and laughs to be had too and the occasional cringe worthy moment (much respect to Caleb & Nathan for allowing 'that scene' to be used). Unless you particularly dislike this group (and if so, why are you reading this?), I can't see how you wouldn't enjoy this movie.
Check out their live performance at the O2 Arena on DVD & Blu-RayKings of Leon - Live at the O2 Arena [DVD] [2009
]Kings Of Leon - Live At The O2 - London, England [Blu-ray] [2009
...and please don't be one of those fans who doesn't have the first three albums...Youth And Young ManhoodAha Shake HeartbreakBecause Of The Times
Should you want to look up my pretentious reference to Catcher in the Rye...The Catcher in the Rye