Genres: Drama, Musical/Performing Arts and Adaptation
Running Time: 2 hrs. 1 min.
Release Date: August 28th, 2009 (limited)
MPAA Rating: R for graphic nudity, some sexual content, drug use and language.
Distributors: Focus Features
Directed by: Ang Lee
JJ Rating: C
How did Woodstock end up where it was and why? Well that’s what Taking Woodstock explains. Exciting.
Taking Woodstock was good to find out about how the greatest musical gathering ever had occurred and why it could not have occurred. There is no music or any famous musicians that come out to play. It is literally just about how it all came to pass. It showed the life of the people that were there to help it set up on their property, what they went through and how they were treated by others. It was great for that, but it was sort of boring for a movie and I could never ever watch it again. I thought that the acting was very good, but nothing Oscar worthy.
Demetri Martin does do a very good job as Elliot and Imelda Staunton did an obnoxiously, annoying job as the begrudging mother Sonia Teichberg. Jonathan Groff played a coy, smooth, calm, and ever so mildly charming Michael Lang the liaison between Elliot and those who were setting up Woodstock. He was very guru-ish.
What I always wondered was: If they were so in love with the Earth why was their so much trash to pick up? But at least, according to this film, some stuck around to clean up their mess. That was so green of them.
Taking Woodstock had too much down time. If there was more of a punch to the way it told the story, then I would have enjoyed it more. I enjoyed the acting far more than the story. I was bored most of the time, but I was glad to learn something I did not know and I was glad that the perspective was different. I’ve seen Woodstock movies but I had never seen it from that vantage point.
I don’t want to see it again. I don’t like that the subtle hint at a relationship was so subtle it was almost pointless. Storylines started and went nowhere. It was very jerky story telling. It was frustrating and I don’t, at all, recommend it. *avoids cliché ending by using the title that has a very easy targeted word “Taking”*