Taking Woodstock details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Imelda Staunton, Liev Schre, Dan Fogler, Adam LeFevre, Kevin Chamberlain, Demetri Martin, Kelli Garner, Paul Dano, Estelle Harris, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Boris McGiver, Eugene Levy, Clark Middleton, Jonathan Groff, Emile Hirsch, Henry Goodman|
|Genres:||Comedy, Drama, Music/Musical|
|Run time:||1 hour 50 minutes|
|Rental release:||03 May 2010|
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Lovely filmBy ninka (45 reviews) from London , 14 Dec 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]This film is very easy going and charming. There are some great characters and wonderful performances, mainly by Imelda Staunton who is just magnificent in this film. It did make me wish I had been born in the 60's. Definitely worth a watch.
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Take FiveBy Robinski (180 reviews) from Glasgow , 06 Sep 2013This was not the film that I was expecting, I guessed as much when I saw Ang Lee's name role past in the opening credits, and the notion was confirmed two hours later. I thought I was in for whimsical comedy and free spirited stoner philosophising, but the reality is somewhat different. In the end it is a more personal voyage of discovery for the central character, however once things are set in motion his involvement feels peripheral, and events happen around him, driven by others. There are some stand-out performances, Imelda Staunton is priceless as the protagonists mother and she and the excellent Henry Goodman create a fascinating relationship that is central to the film. Demetri Martin's turn in the central role is rather low key by comparison, and that may be the problem, since everyone else seems larger than life, his performance gets lost in the 'far out' stuff going on around him. The hallucinogenic scenes are well done, and there is a brief burst of action, centred on Mr. Goodman, but largely the pacing is flat, and this does not help. Perhaps the most telling thing is that this is a 2 hour film about a music festival with almost no musical performances in it. I think that would confound most people's expectations. It certainly did mine.
Just OKBy DavidPollak (8 reviews) , 22 Mar 2013Unlike zorilla, I'm a fan of Ang Lee and thought Brokeback was particularly fabulous. I was also in my late teens at the time of Woodstock. So I agree with passaro that there should have been proper music of the period. But the clothes, stalls, posters etc looked very authentic. I'm also a fan of Imelda Staunton, who is great in this. It's not a great film overall though - it's just pleasant: occasionally amusing, occasionally nostalgic, occasionally touching. Demetri Martin is sweet as the central character, and the man who plays his father (Dan Fogler?) is also good. I also enjoyed the cross-dressing security guard with the gun strapped to her thigh. Oh yes: it was my first ever BluRay disk, so I liked the picture quality.
Far out....occasionallyBy Oldbloke (349 reviews) from Sidmouth , 11 Feb 2013A young designer puts his career on hold to help rescue his parent's failing, ramshackle hotel. Desperate to drum up some business, he invites the organisers of a music festival to relocate to local farmland. When a film by a genius like Ang Lee disappears without a trace, there must be something seriously wrong...mustn't there? Well not much. Convincing recreation of the ultimate hippiefest is sweet and funny, if a bit hit and miss. Worth watching alone for Imelda Staunton's hilariously angry Jewish mother.
Plan 9 From WoodstockBy zorilla (228 reviews) from Kew, Richmond , 20 Nov 2012Is there a more banal, hack director on the planet than Ang Lee? Having flitted from costume drama to kung fu fest to superhero flick to gay cowboy snoozeathon he now takes on hippies.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm no hippie apologist. I loathe and despise the phoney baloney, give me your money, hippie, dippie philosophy as much as the next man, but unlike Lee I know they were real people and not cartoon cutouts.
To list all the reasons this film fails and why it is as relevant as a turd in a mudslide would give the whole fiasco far more credit than it deserves.
Ang Lee is the kind of schlocky film maker that makes Ed Wood look like Orson Welles.
Now if you'll excuse me I'm off. If you need me I'll be hiding in a dark room while everybody else has their Life Of Pi orgasm. Maybe once that's over he'll flit off to make his own autobiographical movie in which he gets to stand naked before his audience. He can call it The Emperor's New Clothes.
Easy Watch-Good performancesBy jegthepeg (6 reviews) from Chester , 18 Jan 2012This is best described as an easy watch, with good performances especially from Staunton. The period detail was great, but if you are looking for a challenging story then look elsewhere.
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