ROCK OPERA

4 Stars
Year Released: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 87 minutes
Click to Expand Credits:

Since rock’n’roll first appeared on the scene–kicking and screaming–around 1956 or so, there have been a long string of movies that have tried to capture its intrinsic raw power. Some, by incorporating the music into a corny story like “The Girl Can’t Help It” or by going the documentary route–as in “Don’t Look Back” and “Gimme Shelter”. In “Rock Opera” we get a little of both with a mix of fiction and live performance footage.
The basic story involves the trials and tribulations of a bunch of Texas musicians. There are a whole lot of drugs deals and ultimately, bloodshed. The film shakes down as a gritty portrait of a bunch of fringe fuck ups clinging to the dark underbelly of the rock’n’roll lifestyle.
The real attraction here is the music of punk-metal heroes Nashville Pussy. Lead by the beautiful and brilliant Ruyter Suys on lead guitar, they blaze through a version of their redneck opus “Fried Chicken & Coffee” which features an eye-popping lesbian smooch between Suys and (the now-departed) Corey Parks. Bassist Parks also chips in with a Gene Simmons style display of fire breathing. A good, old-fashioned ass kickin’ rock’n’roll spectacle that really gives the film some punch.
Director Bob Ray does a fine job of relating the down-trodden, harrowing lives of many aspiring rockers, while also documenting some first rate performances. “Rock Opera” is a top flight rock’n’roll drama.



Posted on March 18, 2001 in Reviews by
Buffer


If you liked this article then you may also like the following Film Threat articles:
Popular Stories from Around the Web

Tell us what you're thinking...





Comments are governed by the Terms of Use of this Site. Click on the "Report Comment" link if you feel a comment is in violation of the Terms of Use, and the comment will be reviewed appropriately.