Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★★

Who'd have thought that the man who directed 'Philadelphia' and 'Silence of the Lambs' would have incredible taste in music?

The way this film begins expresses Talking Heads' creativity and daring showmanship: the show builds small from David Byrne singing solo with just an acoustic guitar and a boombox blasting a click track. The subsequent songs add in the bass, keyboards, drums rolled onto the stage by the loyal roadies, and eventually, the backup singers and percussionist flesh out this tapestry of visionary dance-funk. This makes you pay more attention to just how stellar their performing and songwriting skills are.

Creative flourishes that add up to one of the most fun and energetic concert movies ever staged include sick disco dancing, lamp courting, gorgeous harmonies courtesy of Lynn Mabry and Ednah Holt, the bass player turning into an android girl, obligatory '80s future dystopia track, and an ill-fitted dad suit that Kanye and Roblox Guy would later shamelessly steal like the true artists they are. The show even ends with the roadies walking out on stage and taking a bow like it's musical theatre because they're the real working-class heroes here, damn it.

This was a late-night treat to experience along with my dad. I'm more than convinced to seek out more of Talking Heads' wonderful library of music after watching this masterpiece of musical filmmaking. Take it for a spin on Amazon Prime.

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