No, I'm not going to do this with every new review, but this is the first from a fellow BBs message boarder:
DC310 at SSMB
I had the pleasure of seeing this movie last night @ Tribeca. I found it poignant and moving. It is by far the most intimate portrait of BW I've seen (and I've seen them all). To pull this off is no small feat. Some new wonderful insights into the past, some sad ones, and everything in between. It truly feels like you are riding in the car with your buddy Brian. Jason Fine did a remarkable job getting Brian to open up (you can tell how much Brian loves him and trusts him) and Brent Wilson did a remarkable job capturing some raw and spontaneous moments, as well as weaving the past with the present. Some of the most powerful moments are not in what is said, but what is shown and contextualized. Some great stuff with the BW Band as well.
They said last night they have international theatrical distribution for Q4 2021, and hope to be able to secure the same domestically in the US. I hope everyone on here is able to see this soon.
Decided to look for more reviews after B.E. posted a few last week. I don't see anything new, but there are several others from that same time frame of about a week ago. (Spoiler alerts, I guess...not that any of these spoilers are unpredictable.)
Variety's says in part, "So yes, maybe we don’t need another documentary about Brian Wilson, but even if you think you know it all, “Long Promised Road” is an affectionate and satisfying movie, sentimental at times but often stirringly insightful, a collection of pinpoint testimonials to Wilson’s artistry by such authoritative fans as Springsteen and Elton John, and a movie that lets the enchanting qualities of Wilson’s music cascade over you."
Though it also says this, "He also continues to record simply because the songs won’t stop coming to him," which I think is contradicted to some degree by Mr. Wilson himself perennially saying the opposite, that he's got (yet another) case of writer's block. (He has said as much repeatedly over the decades, usually with apparently brief periods of writing.)
The Wrap has a less positive review, saying "it effectively makes the case for the startling musical genius of Brian Wilson, using celebrity testimony and musical examples to paint a clear portrait of the troubled songwriter, producer and singer as a protean pop creator. And the frustrating thing about “Long Promised Road” is that it makes that case and then keeps making it for an hour and a half, to the point where the film is apt to become wearying to all but the most diehard fans of Wilson and the Beach Boys."
It also concludes with "That question – “How did Brian do that is?” – is at the heart of “Long Promised Road.” And while it’s never really answered, because Brian himself probably doesn’t even know and couldn’t articulate it if he did, it is the grand and glorious reason that the film exists."
The Hollywood Reporter says "Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road could be considered the third piece in an accidental trilogy, after Don Was’ concise and soulful 1995 doc, Brian Wilson: I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times, and Bill Pohlad’s exquisitely nuanced 2014 biopic, Love & Mercy. Both those films push deeper than the new one and are more emotionally satisfying."
By the way, I wish they'd release the new song "Right Where I Belong" sooner than later, just as a digital single. I suppose they're holding it to coordinate timing with the theatrical release, but I'm really curious about it. (So yes, my logic for an immediate release is primarily impatience.)
Will we hear Al on it? Blondie? I'm assuming it's another big ballad a la "One Kind of Love," an intended epic kind of dramatic thing, but I'd love to hear and know more.
Guessing many of you got this same email from BW website, but here is a link to an interview with Brent Wilson about the LPR doc. I find this statement from the interviewer a bit hard to believe, but I haven't seen the doc yet, so maybe?
"It may very well be the definitive statement on Brian." If so, nobody else has seemed to think so: no review, including favorable ones, have hinted at any such thing.
Here are parts of the interview that appeal to me. And my first thoughts are, please hurry.
We’re hoping that when the film becomes available commercially, we’ll get to see some extra footage!
... My first cut was 2.5 hours long and that was already with some brutal decision made to leave scenes on the cutting room floor. But I knew we needed a finished film that was as assessable to a broader audience as it was enlightening to a more knowledgeable audience.
There are though still a lot of wonderful moments with Brian and Jason that didn’t make the final cut, and we also have multi-cam footage of Brian and the band performing at The Hollywood Bowl and The Ryman in Nashville.
Hopefully all that great content will be used someday as bonus material.
There are also plans for a soundtrack that we should be announcing soon. One of my many goals for the film was to try and provide something new for the ear of long-time fans, and so there are some new tracks, some unreleased tracks and a few alternate mixes throughout the film.... But!!! We will have some very exciting news to report soon on all fronts – international and domestic distribution and the soundtrack!
Post by The Cincinnati Kid on Aug 20, 2021 15:51:02 GMT
Emphasis on the please hurry. The first post in this thread was about 2 1/2 years ago. Can't remember if I've said it here, but they probably wanted to push it back to coincide with 60th anniversary stuff once covid delayed everything.
lonelysummer: Shoot, i gave up on new music in the 90's.
Sept 18, 2021 2:18:38 GMT
Kapitan: Anyone want to kick off the next year's music to discuss? Pick anything except 1976, 1963, 1989, 2002, or 2010.
Sept 18, 2021 11:22:42 GMT
Kapitan: If not, I'll post a new one later today.
Sept 18, 2021 11:25:26 GMT
jk: Sounds good to me, Cap'n.
Sept 18, 2021 11:50:32 GMT
carllove: If you want to pick one today, I can do one Monday. Gotta start getting ready to power wash my deck this morning! Did get my thoughts in on 2010 this morning. Rough year!
Sept 18, 2021 13:04:24 GMT
carllove: Actually Kapitan, my husband is still sleeping, so I will choose a year this morning. It will be 1972.
Sept 18, 2021 13:14:07 GMT
B.E.: '63-72 - not just the best years for the Beach Boys but for popular music.
Sept 18, 2021 13:25:18 GMT
Kapitan: Great year for music!
Sept 18, 2021 14:34:33 GMT