Written August 29, 2009
Thursday 8/27 - TW is a 1hr 50min beautifully-crafted period movie - directed by Ang Lee who gave us 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' and 'Brokeback Mountain'.
Ang Lee is a master at infusing his movies with the appropriate mood/setting. So, with Taking Woodstock, we are transported to the historic iconic 1969 Woodstock festival.
There is nothing hazy trippy about this movie - it is clear as a whistle in execution/direction/editing.
Demetri Martin played the role of a gay interior designer who paints and who was instrumental for allowing the celebrated Woodstock event to happen.
If you're expecting a musical, lots of band music or solo performances on stage - you'd be disappointed.
TW captured the essences of the various pivotal characters with 'behind-the-scenes' look at how the event was put together.
Btw, GREAT cast!
I'm watching TW again this weekend - the 4:20 showing.
A MUST SEE for fans of Ang Lee and fans of period movies.
Actual GRADE: B-PLUS.
Written August 28, 2009
okay first off mr. huleskid if you are going to rip on a movie based on one of the best festivals of all time, and talk about it like you are the woodstock king, make sure you know how to spell Jimi Hendrix, not Jimmy. You really have no idea what you are talking about. But overall this movie is going to be great soundtrack, picture, and Demitri is absolutely hilarious
Written January 07, 2010
Funny, but no real edge
Written September 02, 2009
I was really looking forward to seeing this film and expected a satirical look at Woodstock, but this movie turned out to be a complete dud. I gave it a "NO" rating only because I had considered leaving in the middle of it, but either out of laziness or some interest in it that I can't define, decided to stay until the end. I did however check my watch to see how long I had been sitting there and each time it seemed much longer than it actually was.
I don't know if this was supposed to be a comedy with a bit of drama or a drama with some amusing moments, but it leans toward the latter. However the drama would have been better with a decent script and the humorous moments would have been better if there were more of them and if they were actually amusing.
There is a decent amount of indecency so it does have that going for it. But, if I were you, I wouldn't go for it. Wait until it comes to TV so you can turn it off or change the channel.
Written September 01, 2009
This is a movie about Woodstock that does not actually show the concert and that fact is not made clear going in. So no rational reviewer could give this movie any more than a so-so rating. But just look at all those folks saying how great it is. It isn’t. Those are folks promoting the movie. I suggest that we abandon Fandango since they continue allow the information to be distorted by promoters. You definitely can not believe what you read here. I quit writing reviews a long time ago after I realized Fandango would not do anything about this. I have stopped reading the reviews too-I just stopped by to see if the problem had been corrected. It hasn’t.