Jason’s review published on Letterboxd:
I initially only stuck this on to have it on in the background for a couple of minutes while I was doing some paperwork, but the paperwork was very quickly forgotten and I was completely sucked in by this movie's absolutely magical opening.
I've been a huge fan of Talking Heads for a few years now and it was always my great shame that I hadn't seen what is often referred to the best concert film of all time, starring one of my favourite bands. Having finally seen Stop Making Sense, I can see what all the fuss is about.
The film is just so interesting to watch. Demme's direction really draws you into the performance. It even feels like Byrne and co. are putting on this special show just for you. The choreography is amazing and the way new band members enter the stage after every song for like the first 45 minutes is just amazing. I actually caught myself wondering how much new shit they'd have on stage at the end. The rest of the band are equally magnificent and the brief song from the Tom Tom Club without Byrne even worked and didn't feel out of place.
But the real stars of the film are Byrne, who is simply magnetic in every moment, and Demme, whose direction really puts you in the performance, rather than a bystander. The Psycho Killer performance or the This Must Be The Place rendition are the best moments, but they are only two highlights in a film otherwise jam picked with great songs and performances.