London Film Festival blog: Peace, love and popcorn

27 October 2009

taking woodstock

We’ve had a thing about geeky American comedian Demetri Martin for a while now – his comedy graphs and pie charts are so hilarious that – at times – we almost kind of fancy him (we did say almost). Watch this if you need convincing.   

Last night, we got to see him in his biggest role yet, starring in Ang Lee’s Taking Woodstock. The lovely, smiley Ang Lee himself was on the red carpet in Leicester Square, and giggled as he told us he had chosen to direct the film after years of directing tragic works (his most recent – Lust, Caution and Brokeback Mountain – certainly weren’t that cheerful).
But Taking Woodstock was cute. It told the real story of a Jewish family who became the unlikely champions of the iconic festival, and while it seemed a little slow moving at times, while the writing wasn’t always perfect, there were moments – the Technicolor acid trip, the scores of peace-loving people hanging out in the countryside, revelling in the mud – that seemed very innocent, truly uplifting and life-affirming. We left the cinema wishing we had been there, and feeling for a fleeting moment that we had been. Which was nice.


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