I was finally able to find some time to watch — “It Might Get Loud” — the “guitar documentary” starring Jack White, Jimmy Page and The Edge. I bought the Blu-ray version and it was not worth the extra money. The movie is grainy and not sharply defined. When the boys are inside under proper lighting, the movie looks okay, but all the second and third unit shoots just look awful.
Jimmy Page is the star of the movie. We want more of him. He has so much more history and talent than Jack and Edge combined that we wonder why those two are in the movie with him.
When the movie focuses on Jack or Edge — we begin to nod off with boredom. There were never two more expressionless and rag doll dullards invented for the screen than those two.
Jimmy shines and mesmerizes. He is able to do that because of the wealth of his talent and his rich ability to explain just how the magic of music is invented within him and how it is able to find its way out to us still in its pristine form.
My favorite scene in the movie is when Jimmy is at home surrounded by white wall-to-wall bookshelves filled with vinyl albums, and he plays for us — on a record player — his favorite Blues guitar riffs and he performs his Air Guitar rendition of the song right along with the record. Pure joy. We love him.
Here is the greatest scene of the movie that is not in the movie. This scene found in the “Deleted Scenes” section of the DVD and it stars our immortal headmaster Jimmy Page teaching the two dullards how to play Kashmir and when the two schoolboys start to catch on, and follow the master, the wall of sound created is beautiful, crashing and cascading.
As the sound begins to increase with all three playing, be sure watch around 2:20 as Jimmy walks to his right a little bit to turn on a stompbox to change the sound of his guitar to a subtle, crying, “Wah-Wah” sort of reverb and his strumming pattern changes for just a strum or two and it’s over by 2:27 and — BANGO! — right there in that moment… you have the SuperGenius magic of Jimmy Page revealed. He gives you a second bite from 3:01 to 3:13.
The problem with “It Might Get Loud” is that there is just not enough Jimmy Page. You could take that cut scene lesson from Kashmir, loop it for 90 minutes, and you’d have a much more powerful, resonant and inspiring movie than what is currently playing.
“Less is never more” when it comes to watching and learning from Jimmy Page and instead of celebrating that universal truth, the movie tends to repress Jimmy in favor of the younger and the less talented — I’m thinking of that awful acoustic guitar scene where Jack and Edge since an unbearable rendering of “The Weight” by The Band, and Jimmy is left to only sit there and strum along because he doesn’t sing — and that makes one cry in outrage rather than play along in celebration.