The Last Waltz (1978) - Documentary, Biography, Music

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A film account and presentation of the final concert of The Band.

IMDB: 8.2
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Robbie Robertson, Muddy Waters
Length: 117 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 8 out of 120 found boring (6.66%)

One-line Reviews (41)

They are both like a bad marriage -- charming at first but tedious in the long run.

I had a hard time staying awake.

Shot with 35mm and adorned with a magnificent stage design, the images are stunning.

On the other hand, Scorsese's interviews are weak, his staged sequence of "The Weight" forgettable, and final montage a complete bore.

The Bland.

I was sorry I came in late on this, because the music was fantastic, and it was a thoroughly fascinating documentary about rock music.

Dull and uninteresting.

What makes the movie especially enjoyable are the little stories that the different Band members share.

Dr. John's "Such A Night" is enjoyable, Bob Dylan's "Forever Young" is well done (although he should have given second thought for his wardrobe), and Van Morrison's "Caravan" also gives out an impressive amount of energy.

Intercutting (including with hard audio cuts - I guess music is a visual medium to Scorsese) lame attempts at interviews (attempting, occasionally, to star himself), Scorsese manages to make a group of wonderful songs (and singers) into a fairly tedious exercise.

Then you have the elegant Joni Mitchell fusing some otherworldly type jazz with rock and folk, the indefatigable Neil Young, the unpredictable Bob Dylan, and don't forget the Band's magnificent drummer-singer Levon Helm, who pours his entire life and soul into his music.

Even though I grew up on jazz music more so than rock, I can fully appreciate The Band's intense, immense music background- influenced by everything from blues to country to folk music.

It stands as the finest example of how to present rock at its purest form, real,longing, intense, and still a tragic comedy.

The results are at times brilliant and at times tiresome.

Robby your good but is this really fair to compare him to Slow Hand?

This film looks absolutely stunning.

Here is a concert that took place over 20 years ago and the music is fresh and enjoyable as if was when it was new.

what you'll find fascinating, other than the array of famous singers brought in to jam with the band, is the way scorcese has mixed in a few studio-set pieces to go with the live-theater performance.

The interviews were really really boring even for someone like me prepared to be fascinated.

He calls it jazz because something similar often happens there, but disorder in the popular media is something else: Garth's vocabulary is all about lyrics with unexpected emphasis of the ordinary.

But the behind-the-scenes interviews are a boring waste of time.

THE LAST WALTZ is an enjoyable viewing if you're a fan of THE BAND and the performers that join them on their final show.

The overall affect can be boredom if you're not already a hardcore fan.

Or did Bylan turn The Bland into this cod folk-rock band with a taste for everything and nothing?

I bought the (triple - vinyl) soundtrack, and it is a much more enjoyable without any of the drek of the movie.

They are tired, scrawny, empty-eyed from the excesses of the road.

Very intriguing, especially as I have become more familiar with the songs and performers.

Did The Bland make a fool of Bob Dylan and turn that fine word-smith into another mediocrity straining after effect?

Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison have continued to write compelling new music.

" These mar and slow down the pacing of the film and as such, these segments have not aged well.

However, the documentary is a worthwhile watch if you're bored or interested in learning the stories behind rock bands.

Dull .

Overall this is an impressive and enjoyable concert film.

I found it tiresome, and not really that interesting.

A rousing concert .

Scorsese, acting as the on-film interviewer captures very well the intimate details of The Bands' unpredictable, turbulent and exhausting everyday lives on tour.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

His inspiration is John Ford's innovation: Ford took a dull, bad cowboy actor and taught him how (in "Stagecoach") to utter his lines with an unexpected cadence.

The music is unbelievable and the interviews are entertaining at the least.

Although not as stylistically elaborate or well conceived, GIMME SHELTER is ten times more entertaining.

It's more like a music video interspersed with some uninteresting prattle.