Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny

Almost a waste of time.

There's a ton of movies out that I want to see this season. "Borat", "Casino Royale", "For Your Consideration", it's a nice change from the dearth of this summer. So the other night Renee and I did something we never do; just show up at the theater and see what's starting.

We're big Tenacious D fans. We have the album. We have the dvd of the HBO show. We saw them at Roseland. And we were pretty much the only ones in the theater.

This has vanity project written all over it. Now that Jack Black is a star he can do whatever he wants. And he wants to keep Tenacious D going. I admire that. I just wish he did it in a stronger way.

The movie has a fantastic opening with a mini rock opera and cameos from Meat Loaf and Dio. And there's about thirty minutes of origin that fits nicely into the HBO show. Then it falls into this goofy fantasy adventure that simply doesn't work. There are funny moments but the story doesn't care if it moves forward or just sits down and gets high. By the second act I couldn't care less if they got the Pick of Destiny or not. I just wanted to hear another song.

I get the feeling that when Jack handed this cut into the studio they said, "Well, we'll release it. But you gotta do this Cameron Diaz/ Kate Winslet movie."

Here are more critics of The Pick of Destiny.

1 comment:

Brian said...

I read some cool reviews about this movie. Too bad, because they really could have developed this into something bigger than the show. Now I'll definately wait for it to hit cable.

You should run out and see Borat as quickly as possible. I know it's been overhyped, and Cohen's media blitz got old fast. But the movie is one of the funniest I've seen in a long time.