Monday, 22 August 2011

Taking Woodstock

Another film I have watched recently after wanting to see it for a while:

It tells the story of the Greenwich Village interior designer who inadvertently helped to spark a cultural revolution by offering the organizers of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival boarding at his family's Catskills motel. The year is 1969. Change is brewing in America, and the energy in Greenwich Village is palpable. Elliot Tiber is working as an interior designer when he discovers that a high-profile concert has recently lost its permit from the nearby town of Wallkill, NY. Emboldened by the burgeoning gay rights movement yet still tied to tradition in the form of the family business -- a Catskills motel called the El Monaco -- Tiber phones producer Michael Lang at Woodstock Ventures and offers boarding to the harried concert crew. Later, as the Woodstock Ventures staff begans arriving in droves, half a million concertgoers make their way to Max Yasgur's adjacent farm in White Lake, NJ, to witness the counterculture celebration that would ultimately make history as one of the greatest events in the annals of rock & roll. (sourse:

Don't get fooled by the colourful poster and the coolness you may expect in a film portraying that time. In my humble opinion it is an exceptionaly boring film.
Hardly any music, hardly any acting worth seeing and the plot is simply lifeless and dull. Even Imelda Staunton is far away from being remarkable in this one, what a let down really. Ok, it is interesting to find out the background story of the legendary Woodstock but you could simply read it up and have a better time I guess. A film that is presenting itself too much with a cool hippie vibe and delivers a completely non-atmospheric re-telling of history.
Didn't hurt to see it but absolutely not worth to see it again.

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