Sometimes trippy, sometimes mesmerizing, but never lame. It suffers from a bad lead, but it's still an engrossing watch.I think Bob Gedlof can't act worth a hoot. Boomtown Rats and Live Aid or no, he was just about the only thing I didn't like about this film.
That said, The Wall should be (and is) required viewing for any Pink Floyd fan. General moviegoers may not get it, but it's certainly worth watching.
I'm not a diehard Floyd fan, but I got the gist of it. I've listened to the album, and that'll help.
The Wall tells the story of Pink (Geldof) from different stages in his life. We see Pink as a boy, where he is smothered by a mother and missing his father. We see Pink as a man, a rock star who can't seem to connect with his wife. We see Pink flashing back and forth between his past and present, and we're starting to get just as freaked out as he is. He fantasizes himself as some skinheaded, fascist leader, and even goes far as to shave his own eyebrows. Freaky. He's prone to rants and rages.
We see these rages and flights of fancy as animated sequences, drawn by British artist Gerlad Scarfe. The visions are often violent and sexual, and hold your attention.
The Wall's loaded with cool imagery, like the animated sequences and scenes where Pink views himself as the leader of the fascist "Hammers."
The movie will give a better understanding of the album, and vice versa. This is not, however, a movie that requires you to be in an altered state (such as it is) to truly enjoy it. It's not your typical rock movie, in that there's no concert sequences. It's actually quite interesting, though probably not for everyone.Floyd fans will dig it, everyone else might have their problems with it, but it's worth the rental.