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  • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
    • Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
    • Runtime:93 min
    • Release Date:2014-11-01 04:33:51
    • Director: Liam Lynch
    • Genres: Comedy, Music
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MOVIE REVIEW:Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
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This movie rocks! It's a screamingly funny mock-heroic epic about two
fat, middle-aged heavy metal rockers who go on a Tolkien-style quest to
find a magic guitar pick that will grant them unlimited talent and
fame.

Everyone knows the inspirations for this film. Starting with Led
Zeppelin, all great heavy metal bands have copied the myths, lore, and
pageantry of the LORD OF THE RINGS novels, along with assorted occult,
black magic, and other colorful symbolism. In a way it really "closes
the circle" to have a Tolkien-style "epic" about a heavy metal duo,
with the cultural influences coming full circle.

But did anyone notice the obvious tributes to the old Robert Redford
Paul Newman con-man movie, THE STING? The most obvious link is the way
that each new chapter in the saga starts with a colorful picture –
supposed to be Tarot cards, but THE STING used the same device. And the
plot is quite similar. In the STING, a bright-eyed young con man seeks
out a tired, washed up master to learn the art of "the sting."
Tenacious D uses the exact same plot, with Jack Black as Robert Redford
and Kyle Gass in the Paul Newman role.

The only thing that's missing is the Scott Joplin soundtrack!

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Someone wrote: "If you have no knowledge of Tenacious D, and their
humor, do not watch it, because you will not like it.".

This was the root of the problems. I had no knowledge of Tenacious D
and while I won't go as far as to say I hated the movie, it was made
more for their fans than for the general public.

What gets me is that it had such a potential. It had a great concept,
it had Jack Black and the chance to rock (literally) School of Rock
preceded it so here was a blueprint of how to make a great movie and
even improve on it. Instead they went downhill.

What went wrong other than being a movie for the T-D fans.

First: Kyle Gass may be in the real life band but he is totally wrong
for the movie part. It would work much better with a younger rocker who
was really good but down on his luck, then with the help of Jack Black
he would get his chance and shine. Now this character was a soft bald
overweight kid whom grew to be a soft bald overweight adult. Doesn't
work for the movie in my humble opinion. For example, instead of being
a total loser at the Sorority party, a more suited actor/performer
could have his first revelation and totally rock the place. Then while
the girls throw themselves at him he would remember his buddy and
mission and go find him. Wouldn't that work better? Second: The music.
They have a specific number of fans already loving it. For the rest of
the people it just doesn't work. I mean even at the final showdown with
the devil the music was an anticlimax for me.

Third: Humor or lack of it. It had its moments, after all you can't
hide Jack Black's talent. I especially liked the chase scene being
watched on live TV by Lee the car's owner. Other than that it was way
below School Of Rock's.

Fourth: The plot should be tighter. Some points were explained at the
deleted scenes. Like why would Gass try to evade the police? (Answer he
was so into the video game that he was actually hallucinating). How
come the club's announcer is the devil? (Answer, before they changed
the plot it was actually Lee, their only fan. It then makes sense,
that's why he was helping them)

And what about the mushroom induced hallucination with the Sascq…
Saskua… oh Pooh, Bigfoot! Totally out of place, or was it a video
clip within a movie?

Fifth: I suppose fans of the band go for lewd language, sexual
innuendos and drug use/humor. I suppose this is the producer's and
director's choice but alienating everyone below 16 (18 in my opinion)
is not a good business decision. Such a pity I couldn't see the movie
along with my kids.

Bottom line : Mildly entertaining but forgettable.

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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

While this movie is not as funny as Rob Reiner's This Is Spinal Tap,
The Pick of Destiny is a funny look into a fictional version of how
Jack Black and Kyle Gass formed Tenacious D.

JB and KG play themselves easily as guys who write improvised and
original songs. They wonder how all of the bands they idolize rock and
they find the same guitar pick in many pictures. JB and KG find out
from a music store employee, in a cameo by Ben Stiller, that the pick
is called the Pick of Destiny.

JB and KG make it their mission to find this pick so that they can play
awesome music.

There are also cameos by Amy Poehler, Tim Robbins, and John C. Reilly.
The movie is full of laughs through the situations that JB and KG go
through. It is also more raunchy and inappropriate as Spinal Tap, but
still worth a look.

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