“I’ve got a tape I want to play.”
The Talking Heads perform at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Concert Film
- Jonathan Demme Films
Response to Peary’s Review:
Peary is lavish in his praise of this “riveting concert film”, directed by Jonathan Demme and featuring the Talking Heads on their final tour together as a band. He argues that “what takes place on stage will make even [the] most skeptical into Talking Heads converts”, and labels the performances as “invariably exciting”. While I don’t disagree with Peary that this is an enjoyable, masterfully directed concert film — perhaps, as many argue, one of the best ever made — I still question whether film fanatics must see it. As with all concert films, Stop Making Sense will ultimately be of most interest to pre-existing fans of the band, and/or those wishing to get a visual sense of what the Talking Heads were all about.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- David Byrne’s wildly energetic performance
- The creative opening sequences, in which band members appear one at a time
- The Talking Heads performing “Once in a Lifetime”
- Jordan Cronenweth’s cinematography
No, but it’s certainly must-see viewing for any fans of the Talking Heads.