Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!

Rated NR 2006

The Beastie Boys' movie doesn't attempt to replace (or even replicate) the concertgoing experience any more than a strobe light makes a good replacement for a flashlight when the power goes out. It's a spastic mess shot by 50 Beasties fans at the band's Madison Square Garden show on October 9, 2004, and edited by Adam "MCA" Yauch, who, apparently and rather surprisingly, didn't go blind or crazy during the process. After you see it in a theater, the outside world will seem surprisingly slowed-down, almost static; it took a good five minutes before I was even able to drive home in a straight line, so chaotic and fleeting are the images in a movie made by amateurs and assembled by an auteur with the attention span of a 1-year-old. If Yauch and his longtime partners in rhyme Michael "Mike D" Diamond and Adam "Ad Rock" Horowitz don't exactly reinvent the medium, they show a remarkable lack of respect for it; Jonathan Demme would not approve.

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