A Mighty Wind

2003

Action / Comedy / Music

10
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 87%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 75%
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 25277

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Cast

Jennifer Coolidge as Amber Cole
Catherine O'Hara as Mickey Crabbe
Parker Posey as Sissy Knox
Christopher Guest as Alan Barrows
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1 hr 31 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Gavno 8 / 10

I thought I was the only one who saw the joke here!!!

In the '60s and '70s, I was a MAJOR folk music fan, and a (very bad) would-be performer; I still have my old Yamaha guitar tucked away in a closet. For years now I've been a second shift engineer at the local PBS TV station... I'm the guy who runs the videotape while the SANE people around here are at home.

EVERY time we run a Pledge (or, as I refer to it, "The Big Beg"), it seems that they come up with ANOTHER nostalgic music reunion program... Doo Wop folks, Rockers, Surfin' music groups, and lately, Folkies.

The folk reunions have been, IMHO, sort of sad. The spirit is willing, but the flesh isn't quite up to recapturing the old glory days.

Judy Collins tries to sing the songs she did when she was 19, and her voice just can't come within a half tone of the high notes she used to hit.

Barry McGuire was an angry, fiery young poet, but now he just goes through the motions with dated stuff like EVE OF DESTRUCTION. It's hard to take him too seriously.

Even my favorites, Peter, Paul & Mary, have seen better days. Peter Yarrow looks like he should be running a pawn shop somewhere, Paul Stookey resembles a college professor who's just counting the days until retirement, and unfortunately Mary Travers hasn't aged very well at all... I remember her as a woman who used to OOZE a sultry, steamy sensuality, but nowadays, on high definition TV, she bears a very unfortunate resemblance to a bulldog!

Just the same tho, I have to admit that Peter, Paul & Mary's musical talent HAS lasted over the years.

When I discovered A MIGHTY WIND I thought I was going to die laughing with absolute joy... SOMEBODY besides ME saw these tries to capture the past in a bottle as a lost cause!!!

Ed Begley is MAGNIFICENT as Lars Olfen, the "PBN" executive producer; he has the Yuppie pseudointellectual pompousness of PBS paper shuffling executives down PERFECTLY!!! I KNOW Lars Olfen VERY well; I happily work the second shift just to AVOID these rancidly arrogant characters, who thankfully LEAVE the station every day at 5 PM!!!

The New Main Street Singers are a mix of THE NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS and the squeaky clean, Stepford Wife - like automatons of the old UP WITH PEOPLE cast... but with a delicious touch of gameyness that we ALL knew was just below the surface, added by the past exploits of Bohners.

The Folksmen are a hybrid of the old Chad Mitchell Trio (which, incidentally, was a foursome until they dumped Henry John Deutchendorf, later better known as John Denver!), and the Limelighters.

The PBS reunions sort of tacitly ask the question "Whatever happened to...", and A MIGHTY WIND answers it... EXPLICITLY.

LIFE is what happened to them. They became part of reality, just like the rest of us.

I have to admit that the musical performances in the film are EXCELLENT; for a lot of people who weren't really part of the '60s commercialized folk music scene, they do a VERY creditable job with the material. They could have been folkies for real!

The only joker in the deck tho; the musical material, if you listen very closely to the lyrics, is ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! Almost ALL of it, especially the song I NEVER DID NO WANDERIN', is a brilliant parody of the stuff we listened to and loved back in the '60's.

For anyone who knew the glory days of Bleeker Street in New York, or Old Town in Chicago, this is a film that will be an absolute joy. It shows both the GOOD parts of those days, and also shows up the silliness of some of the idealism in what we believed.

Reviewed by classicalsteve 7 / 10

Amusing Spoof of the 1960's Folk Music Culture: A Kind of Sibling Film to "This is Spinal Tap"

In the late 1950's and early 1960's, a different musical voice was emerging in small cafes in New York, a voice which was quite distinctive from Doris Day and Connie Francis singing about sentimental journeys and that it's pointless to concern ourselves about the future since "whatever will be, will be". The Weavers, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan, and a host of others were singing about the darker sides of modern life to the accompaniment of acoustic guitars. The Folk Music Revival as it came to be known coincided with the counter-culture movement of young people in the 1960's. This cultural phenomenon becomes fodder for the stinging bite of Christopher Guest and company in a film which pokes fun at the movement. If you lived during the era, there are many in-jokes about the people, the music and the personalities which intrigued the young Boomer Generation. Being a gen-exer, I didn't live through the era but I know a bit about its history.

"A Mighty Wind" profiles three singing groups (fictional) which were prominent in the 1960's. The Folksmen (Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean) were probably loosely based upon the Kingston Trio. The romantic duo Mitch and Mickey (Eugene Levy and Eugene Levy) were probably inspired by a somewhat forgotten duo, Richard and Mimi Fariña. (Mickey appears to play the same instrument as Richard Farina who is probably best remembered for his novel "I've Been Down so Long It Looks Like Up to Me".) The New Main Street Singers are the most wholesome of the groups, which seems to be inspired by a group called the New Christy Minstrels which were very popular in the 1960's selling millions of records but have not withstood as well as other groups from the era, such as Peter, Paul and Mary.

The "story" is about the production of a music concert honoring an agent for many of the music groups, Irving Steinbloom (also fictional) but was probably inspired by real-life music manager Harold Leventhal whose clients included Woody and Arlo Guthrie, the Weavers, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Mary Travers, and many others. The film begins with a new report about the death of Steinbloom, and the plan is to bring three music groups managed by the late agent in a special tribute concert. (Such a concert was actually held to honor Leventhal.) However, much of the silliness of Guest's mockumentary comes to the fore.

One of the best aspects of the film is the album covers which capture some of the "creativity" of the era. The first album of Mitch and Mickey is simply a black and white photo of the two with their names in a "Peter, Paul and Mary" font. Prior to circa 1960, album covers typically just featured the performer(s) often sitting quaintly with a happy smile. By the 1960's and into the 1970's, album covers became more creative even psychedelic. Two of my favorites from the film are the Main Street Singers' album "Sunny Side Up" in which the members' faces are superimposed upon eggs in a skillet and Mitch's solo album "Calling It Quits" in which he appears to be digging his own grave.

The film then follows the typical Guest nuttiness. The performers are interviewed, first relating how they became musicians, often going off on tangential stories. The Folksmen relate a story in which their records were released without the holes in the center! The Main Street Singers disbanded in the early 1970's with some of the founding members going into the Adult Book shop business! They regrouped and became The New Main Street Singers, and are even more wholesome then before. Laurie Bohner (Jane Lynch), one of the New Main Street Singers engages in rituals which have to do with color. Her husband Terry was often locked his room with Percy Faith records. Mickey's husband has an elaborate train set which he shows and demonstrates to Mitch.

Overall an enjoyable spoof of the folk music culture. It has many of the same elements as "This is Spinal Tap" but is a bit more culturally softer than Guest's first try with a heavy metal rock band. Guest's writing is best in subjects which he knows. "Spinal Tap", "Waiting for Guffman" and "A Mighty Wind" are all subjects connected with arts and entertainment. His foray into other subjects, such as "Best in Show" and "Mascots" are much weaker probably because he doesn't know these subjects as well.

Reviewed by grantss 8 / 10

Hilarious: folk music meets Spinal Tap

Folk music gets given the Spinal Tap treatment, and it's hilarious. Not surprising, as A Mighty Wind was written and directed by Christopher Guest, who along with Michael Mckean, Harry Shearer and Rob Reiner, gave us the mind-blowingly brilliant This is Spinal Tap.

Great parody of folk music, though the movie is not at all malicious in its parodying. The music is actually quite charming, despite its inherent naivety and idealism.

Great performances from a great cast: in addition to Guest, McKean and Shearer, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Bob Balaban, Jane Lynch, Parker Posey, Fred Willard and Ed Begley Jr. Stand-out performance goes to Eugene Levy - every expression and word of his is hilarious.

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