A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.
Sadly, as much as I, and about 50% of Americans in my age demographic, longed to be present, we formed part of the 98%(of the half) who couldn't make it. The other 50%, incidentally, were probably praying for the earth to open up and swallow those 1/2 million music, marijuana and peace-loving souls. ("Nearly 500K attended Woodstock" -Wikipedia) Director Ang Lee has really amazed me. He has made...
A) The film that best encapsulates, captures the true essence, of this great cultural benchmark concert and most extremely divisive moment in our nation's history since the Civil War!
B) He has done this despite being someone from outside our American culture!
C) He has managed to serve up what was, for me at least, the one of most entertaining and vibrant movies of 2009.
Laughed so hard at times, I cried! I can't even REMEMBER the last movie that did that for me. Isn't that what movies are supposed to be all about? Demetri Martin is the late-twenty-something-good-Jewish-Still- live-at-home- son, who serves as the concert's catalyst. Martin renders his role with great finesse, aplomb and stand-alone chutzpah! (Check out his resume on IMDb: What a multi-faceted talent)
But the real scene-stealer was a TOTALLY unrecognizable Imelda Staunton, as the Jewish mother from hell! She should have at the very least received an Oscar nomination! Fascinating "Woodstock" dichotomy: Martin's character is right there, in the center of the firestorm...and yet, NOT! What a great metaphoric irony for the millions of us, who were and weren't there, either!
Despite a few flaws, Resounding 9*.....ENJOY/DISFRUTELA!
Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!
- Aug 2, 2016