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Friday, January 8, 2010

[8.00/10] Taking Woodstock (2009)

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Ang Lee is not only one of the best directors working today but also one of the most diverse, and his latest movie is yet another sparkling addition to his respectable body of work! "Taking Woodstock" is a personal story about a young man finding himself at a time when his generation was trying to do that throughout the world. Elliot's struggles and evolution through this unique event are another of Ang Lee's wonderfully textured allegories. That this fellow raised in China can so pointedly create the full emotional spectrum of the 'youth movement' of that time is a testament to his artistry. The film recreates the 60's with tremendous fidelity. The colors, the gadgets, the pace, and, above all, the silence combined to create a pleasant and innocent atmosphere. The music and times of the festival is told from a different perspective in this movie, one which richly blends the two genres of comedy and drama into a rich film in itself. Demetri Martin, as Eliot Teber, was adorable. Liev Schreiber whose drag was not only believable, but also compelling. Henry Goodman, as Eliot's beleaguered father, was also finely developed, but Imelda Stauntan played his mother as a shrewish fishwife with virtually no redeeming character qualities. Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" is a hilarious film, beautifully-photographed and filled with performances that capture the idealism of the '60s.

  • My Rating: 8.00/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 48% (5.4/10)
  • IMDb: 6.9/10

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