Foo Fighters: Back and Forth () - IMDb
Foo Fighters Discuss 'Back and Forth' Documentary at SXSW something and the relationship between us as people and how that's managed. Ex Foo Fighters drummer William Goldsmith, from Seattle, Blank space: Taylor Swift skips annual Fourth of July party Mud, mud, glorious mud! Festival fans dance their way Foo Fighters star Dave Grohl backs teenage garage band Black. Young lawyer films brutal fight with boyfriend who beats. buzz surrounding the Foo Fighters documentary Back and Forth that it could potentially change the band dynamic and their relationships.
I opened the, um, opener joking about Dave Grohl's actually coming out and stating that he wanted to go ahead and get the band's story out there before they ended up with so much material that they would have to resort to a four-hour documentary epic in the style of the "Runnin' Down a Dream" documentary that Grohl is actually There are occasions in which the film feels as though it's forcing in filler to run the clock out or create a momentary slow-down in the unraveling of Foo Fighters' tale, and even more occasions in which the documentary breaks up the hurrying with drawn out meditations upon material that, before too long, devolve into repetition.
Pacing gets to be inconsistent in this documentary, and that hazes a sense of direction on more than a few occasions that this film can't really afford to have, because if momentum slows down too much, then it really gets to be difficult to ignore the lack of originality and limitations in intrigue within this documentary's storytelling.
Like I said, Foo Fighters has only been around for less than 20 years, and everyone is alive and well, so while there is plenty that's interesting here, there's just not a whole lot to talk about, and even less material that's truly original, as the band's story is a formulaic one, or at least appears to be that way, seeing as how this is a formulaic rockumentary.
There's plenty of entertainment and engagement value to the final product, so much so that it comes close to all-out rewarding, but overall, it's an unevenly paced and consistently formulaic meditation upon a story that has only so much meat, thus leaving it to collapse as kind of forgettable.
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Still, while the film has your attention, it holds it with a generally fine bit of firmness, loosening its grip a bit too much for you to be truly engrossed, but nevertheless keeping things lively and, in plenty of ways, kind of immersive. I would have dug more backstage analyses of the personal lives and creative process of Foo Fighters that weren't just in the form of stills, but the footage provided, as well as the aforementioned somewhat more insightful photographs and stills, add an adequate degree of dynamicity to this still sometimes repetitious documentary, and their clever presentation - whether it be through neat editing or through a type of narrative structure that gives you a sense of progression - further livens things up.
Whether when he's playing with footage in an immersive fashion or playing a soundtrack that is, of course, kind of mediocre Again, I'm not Foo Fanbut consistently with some kind of energetic punch, director James Moll stylishly and thoroughly sustains entertainment value, while giving you a firm grip on the evolution of this story that is conceptually so minimalist that it does indeed need a lively delivery, both in an atmospheric sense and, of course in a verbal sense. Storytelling is pretty much entirely driven by interviews with the members and associates of Foo Fighters, and sure, there are moments of awkward confusion within delivery of material by the interviewees, - especially when they struggle to paraphrase quotes from the peers who are also being interviewed, as they too often do - but on the whole, the interviews conducted for this film are very humbling, with each interviewee distinguishing himself with a specific type of down-to-earth, sometimes downright funny charisma that gives you both an understanding of the band's chemistry and an intimate feel for the musicians as very human people with an artistic integrity that I feel is being misused to produce art that is way below their potential, but still stands as no less real.
Faced with these interviews, fans will undoubtedly be delighted to find relatable aspects within the musicians they know and love, and non-fans like me will gain more of an appreciation, not necessarily for the Foo Fighters' music, but for the Foo Fighters themselves, and such appreciation is bound to grow because of what exactly is being said in the humbling interviews.
Again, there's not a whole lot of meat to Foo Fighters' relatively young and familiar story, but there's still plenty of intriguing material within the band's tale of evolution from an accumulation of the ashes of other distinguished bands of the '90s into a major musical force that earns its own celebration, and while the momentum of this delivery of such material gets uneven at times, this documentary is generally tight in its providing insight into the rise of one of biggest mainstream forces of modern rock.
There are enough layers to Foo Fighters' story for you to get invested, even if you don't even like the band's material, and such an investment is very often reinforced by the inspiration within James Moll's direction, which not only keeps liveliness sustained through the aforementioned stylish delivery of footage and whatnot, but really plays up the heart of this story and creates a certain resonance that further compels and drives the final product a long way.
Sure, as far as the engagement value of the final product goes, this documentary doesn't quite make the cross over into rewarding that it could have, and would have if it was tighter, meatier and more refreshing, but the fact of the matter is that there is a lot to like about this study on a band I'm not even particularly fond of Okay, fine Bottom line, pacing unevenness goes bookended by hurried spells and repetitiously dragged out spells that leave you to meditate upon the limitations of meat and originality within this documentary, which is left to fall short of rewarding, yet still goes reasonably well-powered by insightful and often stylishly presented footage, thoroughly charming interviews, a plenty of interesting material whose directorial presentation by James Moll is lively and compelling enough for "Foo Fighters: Back and Forth" to stand as an entertaining and humbling study on the rise of one of modern rock's biggest forces, in spite of its fair deal of shortcomings.
Back and Forth is basically a "behind the music" style documentary about the Foo Fighters. Grohl is not one of those, "All for one and one fall all" front men. There's never any mistake about what the Foo Fighters is: It's Dave Grohl's band, which becomes clearly apparent after the first personnel change, when Grohl fired the the original drummer because he was incapable of living up to talents of Grohl, inarguably one of the best drummers in rock.
Grohl does open up about Kurt Cobain's suicide some, but there are no new revelations.
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There's no salacious gossip. He doesn't go into details about his relationship with Cobain or Courtney Love or even Krist Novoselic who does make an appearance late in the film. In fact, while Back and Forth offers a impeccably detailed account of the band itself, it doesn't dig deep into the lives of the band members themselves beyond years-old reflections of member changes and performances their Wembley performance being the highlight. The band has had disputes, but they're all resolved peaceably, which is a tribue to Grohl -- he may be a narcisisst, but he's also a nice, likable guy.
Nor is there anything about the rise of the Foo Fighters that sets it apart from the paint-by-numbers stories of other great bands outside of the Nirvana connection. It's not a story, in other words, that would make for a particularly compelling band biography. But book biographies do not have the benefit of the Foo Fighters' music, which is really what makes Back and Forth so much fun to watch. The score can make a noticeable difference to any film, but when your movie's soundtrack is the fucking Foo Fighters, you don't need to prop it up with a lot of revelations and introspection.
Just a lot of thrashing.