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This review is from: Donovan - Sunshine Superman - The Journey Of Donovan [DVD]  (DVD)
I really like 60's music of Donovan so I was excited to pick up this film. The real problem is that there is entirely too much of Donovan talking about his work and providing the narration for the film. He lionises his contribution in a way that comes across as arrogant and at times I found it really irritating. He takes himself entirely too seriously - particularly when he talks about his eastern philosophy. He becomes a cartoon hippy stereotype which is the one thing he tells us he does not want to be seen as. I mean come off it...the cosmic influence of the stars man! It makes the old Trevor and Simon 'Swing Your Pants' Jennifer Juniper song, which at the time horrorfied me, seem quite fair.
On the upside the music holds up well...particularly the archive footage. The new recordings seem very affected ad the expression particularly is strained. What this needed was a more neutral narrator and a more investigative approach to the film. I still dig the music though!