Reviewed by GREG KING
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Three generations of lead guitarists get together to talk about their mutual love of the guitar and music. But this fascinating documentary also explores the influences and creative inspirations of rock legends Jimmy Page, U2’s The Edge and Jack White, from the White Stripes. Unlike some documentary filmmakers who thrust themselves into the centre of their films, director Davis Guggenheim, who directed the Oscar winning An Inconvenient Truth, remains in the background. He prefers to let the three musicians tell their own stories in their own leisurely fashion. Guggenheim followed the three guitar virtuosos around for a year, going into their homes, and visiting the studios where they recorded some of their famous records. Despite White’s initial fears that the meeting may turn into fisticuffs, the three actually get along really well, and develop a great rapport when they assemble on an empty soundstage in Hollywood. They seem comfortable swapping anecdotes about their early years, and comparing their creative processes. And they even jam together on The Weight. Guggenheim also intercuts some archival footage and still photographs that complete the portraits. We get to see a teenage Jimmy Page playing skiffle on television before he breaks through with bands like The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin. The Edge talks about the formation of U2 at high school, and the band’s early years. He also demonstrates that distinctive guitar echo sound that has become his signature. And White talks about his passion for the blues music that heavily influenced his own musical style.
It Might Get Loud is a must for music lovers.