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Shine A Light

I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance to see the new Rolling Stones concert documentary, Shine A Light. It does after all combine two of my favorite things, The Rolling Stones and Martin Scorsese films. Even though it’s certainly not in the same league as Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, it definitely does justice to the experience of a Rolling Stones concert.

The use of cameras is really quite fantastic throughout this film, I don’t know that I’ve seen a rock concert film or dvd that’s been filmed as good as this, and the fact that I saw it on an Imax screen made it even more memorable. But what really makes the movie enjoyable is the fact that The Stones can still put on an incredibly entertaining rock concert. It’s always fun to watch Keith Richards’ signature swagger, and Mick Jagger is still one hell of a showman as far as lead singers go.

The only complaints I have is that Scorsese doesn’t really try to go that far outside of the average concert film format. He does however add in quite a few interviews taken with each of the four remaining members over the years, which are fun to see, but I kind of wish there had been some recent interviews taken especially for the film. But besides that, I really had a good time watching this film, and I’d certainly recommend it for any fan of the Rolling Stones.