This Is Spinal Tap

This Is Spinal Tap ★★★★★

I can’t remember when I first discovered This is Spinal Tap, but after numerous rewatches it still holds up as one of the funniest movies I know of. This has such a wide range of jokes, from witty dialogue to visual gags but what makes this such a persistent classic is that it’s more than just jokes. As a mockumentary, this is phenomenal, with editing and interviews so well-crafted that you’d be forgiven for forgetting that this is fake.

It’s a clever, heartfelt movie with a genuinely sympathetic portrait of a struggling band and it constantly walks the fine line between mocking and embracing its characters. But more than anything, This is Spinal Tap is an amazing lineup of gags, that executes so many aspects of being in a rock band: making an album cover, press coverage, disastrous stage-props, fights, reunions and the bond between the band members.

Apparently, we’re getting a sequel to this and naturally I’m a bit nervous seeing how much this film means to me. It seems to be the right people on board though and seeing how many 80s heroes we still see rock today, I can imagine there’s a lot of material to work with if we ever get a sequel.

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