Will This Be The Best Rock Movie Since “Almost Famous”?

Last month we told you about the new movie Song To Song which centers on the Rock music scene in Austin, Texas. The movie is directed by art house auteur Terrence Malick and stars Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara as songwriters and Michael Fassbender as a music executive.

Well the trailer came out this week and it’s a pretty entertaining minute and a half all by itself. Set to the music of Del Shannon’s “Runaway”, the trailer is a dizzying display of Malick’s brilliant cinematography, his distinct camera movements which make you feel like you’re right in the shot. All the usual Rock & Roll Movie tropes are there but they look better than they usually do. And if you’re watching the trailer very carefully, you can catch a glimpse of John Lydon (Johnny Rotten), Iggy Pop and Flea.

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That’s the other enticing thing about this film – wondering who else is going to be in it. Without any official confirmation, other artists rumored to be in the film include Arcade Fire, Iron & Wine, Patti Smith, Florence and the Machine, the Black Lips, Lykke Li, and Fleet Foxes. But we don’t even know if they will be seen performing music or just adding realism to the scenes.

It’s all very intriguing. Cameron Crowe, who made the great Rock movie Almost Famous in 2000, has a history with Rock music and always has great Rock selections on his soundtracks. On the other hand Terence Malick has no known affinity for Rock, and in fact typically adorns his films with classical music. This movie could be a total disaster, or it could be the greatest Rock movie ever made.

We will find out when it debuts appropriately at the SXSW music festival in Austin on March 10. If it generates a good buzz there then we’ll probably have a pretty good Rock movie on our hands.

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One comment to “Will This Be The Best Rock Movie Since “Almost Famous”?”
  1. I have optimism for it and it has a great cast but it looks very Malick-y to me, which could either turn out to be a very good thing or two hours of head-pounding boredom

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