National Museum of Natural History
February 9, 2008
Two weeks ago was Movie Night for Rock Club. Our first choice was Hounddog, which features a Dakota Fanning rape scene. We all love Dakota Fanning and felt that watching her get raped would be pretty illuminating and we could sit around and discuss it afterwards, over scones and tea.
Unfortunately, and inexplicably, Hounddog was unable to find an American distributor, so we went to see U23D instead. I had no idea there was an IMAX theater in the
Okay, some thoughts on U23D:
The technology: BAM! WOW! There’s U2, right the fuck in front of me! Hi, Bono! Hi, The Edge! Wow, Bono’s getting close...oh my, that’s sharp...okay, that’s a little too close, Bono...dude, I can smell your breath, you really should floss before the show.
The band: They’re still the biggest band in the world. They looked fine, although Bono was a little pudgy. Larry Mullen Jr., the youngest and best looking member of the band, is starting to resemble Ray Winstone from Sexy Beast:
Bono is his usual self, with the preening and posing and posturing. By the end of the movie, you expect him to ascend bodily into heaven, carried by a host of angels. Fare thee well, Bono, your work among the living is complete. From now on I will not be racist and will not harbor Dakota Fanning rape fantasies.
The music: U2 is the coelacanth that spawned the Radiohead/Coldplay branch of the rock evolutionary tree. Like the Beatles, most of U2’s songs are about love and are unobjectionable. I’m not a U2 fan, but I like them the same way I like bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen. U23D gave me a chance to reevaluate the songs anew. Some highlights were “Where the Streets Have No Name,” which I’ve never cared for but sounded great, and the movie opener “Vertigo”. “One” was also fantastic, and made me wish there were more selections from U2’s 1992 tribute to National Socialism, Achtung Baby.
The crowd: The 3D effect looked best when used for audience shots. I wished there had been more—perhaps they could have ventured outside the stadium(s) a bit for some local color? I spent much of the movie scanning the crowd for
Gratuitous cleavage picture
Overall: U23D wins top marks. As I mentioned, I am a lukewarm fan of the band but I enjoyed hearing all their hits and having Bono come so close that I thought he would try and goose me. Definitely worth a trip downtown.