Monday, 5 May 2014

20 Feet From Stardom: DVD Review

20 Feet From Stardom: DVD Review


Rating: M
Released by Universal Home Entertainment

The documentary that took home the Oscar this year is a fascinating look at the world of the backing singer.

This tribute to the singer will have you tapping your toes as the sounds of some of the iconic songs come flying at you - from the Sherelles to working with the likes of David Byrne, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen, chances are you'll know some of the numbers.

But, what you won't know are the stories behind them and that's what film-maker Morgan Neville delves into here. There's plenty of energy, music and life to celebrate, as well as feel-good
moments.

However, does it deserve the accolades of best doco? Well, it's certainly stylishly put together, painfully simple and lets the subject sing (in more ways than one) but it's not as lasting as you'd expect - and while the time is right to celebrate those who make the people at the front sound good, it certainly feels as if The Act of Killing was robbed.

IT's all about luck, being from a pastor's family and common themes as 20 Feet From Stardom progresses - and yet, there's something about those who take part that's infectious. It's easy to see why their touches made them famous in some ways, but not in others. The most startling thing is perhaps how many have had so many touches on so many songs that you never realised - and for that, we should be thankful.

Extras: None

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