There's lots of good music here, but the film itself is flawed on several counts. Because of their budding relationship, Scorsese makes Robbie Robertson the "star," and the other members come off as sidemen - the antithesis of what The Band and their music was all about. And the camera work is purely cinematic, missing important moments, failing to give us good shots of hands on fretboards and keyboards. It's a glossy view of The Band's last concert; there was a lot more going on beneath the surface. Hardly the "definitive" word on The Band.
All the purists go for the original, and I can respect that..but for me this was the one to watch-- had the classic lines, the very cool villian (and his dopey sidekick), they gave Moranis more to do (Granted he was much more amusing to watch as Vince the dog), and it was cool to see the progression of these guys after saving the city and getting blacklisted as frauds.
Aykroyd,Murray,Ramis--all in their prime at this point.
Worth It for Norton's Performance
Reviewed by KHL for Primal Fear at 2008-05-06 18:00:42
Edward Norton still hasn't lived up to the potential of his first-ever film, Primal Fear (he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor). He's done some good films (Fight Club) and some bad films (The Illusionist) since then. I feel sure he's Oscar worthy if only he could find the perfect role, and this one comes close. My husband, who can generally figure out even the most obscure plot twists, did not see this ending coming, so I disagree with the Hound that it's 'obvious'.
Worth seeing at least once.
Despite being panned by citics, this movie is a fantastic comedy, filled with hilarious dialogue and moments. Ending is a bit hokey of course, to keep with original - but I make this a holiday tradition to watch every holidays!