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The Band of the Eighties in Full-Screen Glory,
By A Customer
This review is from: U2: Rattle And Hum [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Even if you're not the biggest U2 fan, anyone who's into music should appreciate something about "Rattle and Hum." This is the last tour of the most iconic band of the eighties before they adapted a more sleek, stylish look for their 1991 ZooTV tour. Filmed mostly in grainy black and white, it shows the more serious, dour and socially concious U2 of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" and "Bullet the Blue Sky" fame. However, the social commentaries in this film never outweigh the general celebration of music and phenominal stage presence. One does feel as if they are in the middle of a U2 show, especially if you view the DVD copy with the remastered sound. The film follows U2 though "The Joshua Tree" tour of 1987-1988, planting the Irish band in the heartland of America, the gritty streets of New York and the outlands of Arizona for some showstopping numbers. Highpoints of the film include a duet with blues guitar legend B. B. King, a gripping anf heartfelt version of "Sunday Bloody Sunday" during which Bono makes some daring comments on IRA bombings and the revolution of his homeland and a version of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Lokking For" backed with a Harlem church choir. The only lowpoint is an unnecessary trip to Memphis' Graceland. I mean, did these guys never see "Spinal Tap"?