on 19 November 2011
The curious thing about this documentary is how focused it is on the early origins of Pink Floyd. It goes into great detail about the pre-Floyd years - the sixties, LSD culture - then the band's formation and the Syd Barrett years. In fact, the overwhelming majority of the doc is taken up by these subjects. And then it is as though the makers run out of steam (or funding). Dark Side, Wish You Were Here - these are dismissed with cursory one-liners; there is nothing whatsoever about their creation. The Wall is mentioned only briefly, and then only in regard to the artwork and stage show. The Final Cut is similarly disregarded, and then we are rushed straight onto the court case; the break-up; the solo years; the reunion. So anyone looking for an in-depth look into the mid-period music will be disappointed.
(Those looking for special features will also be disappointed - there are none.)
On the other hand, there is so much here that is captivating - old stage footage, band photos, band interviews, anecdotes. The Sixties psychedelic stuff especially is a fascinating window into the counterculture. So it is still well worth a viewing - just bear in mind that the omissions along the way may be frustrating for Floyd fans wanting the whole story.
on 25 November 2015
The first time I watched this movie was at the age of 18. I remember perfectly the profound impression that such visuals and the meaning of the lyrics made on me, all this helped, as well with one of my uncle's running commentaries, after he explained the story significance. Of course I couldn't understand all the songs even with subtitles in Spanish, but I loved it. It was a tremendous shock to watch the animation, which I found so crude and disturbing at the time (I am still do). However, this is a masterpiece worth to watch and listen. Not certainly your typical movie.