David Lynch is, without a doubt, one of the most interesting directors in Hollywood. Duran Duran is one of the great party bands from the 80s. Putting them together, getting Lynch to direct a film of their 2011 concert should at the very least lead to something entertaining, right?
Well, actually, not so much. Actually what it leads to is overproduced crap. Sorry if that seems harsh, but hey, you come here to get my opinion, right? Well, there you go.
If Lynch had simply stuck to filming the concert, or simply adding a bit here and there to enhance the experience, that would have been fine, I think. but instead, he can’t seem to leave a frame of the film alone, and what he adds is so distracting that it seems even to be affecting the performance of the group onstage. Though actually I suspect that’s more a case of Simon Le Bon and the others feeling the almost 30 years that have passed since their heyday.
Or maybe it’s just me.
Anyway, the complete director’s cut of the film is screening at Cannes today, and I’m sure it’ll get snapped up pretty quickly for a distribution deal which will see it screened at least in some kind of limited, likely art-house release. If you can’t wait, though, and want to see most of the concert footage, it’s actually been made available on Duran Duran’s YouTube Channel. Or, you can just click the play button below. (And I apologize ahead of time if you have to sit through an advertisement before the video actually starts. That’s just the way these VEVO videos are.)
So, what do you think? Are Lynch and Duran a combo made for each other? Or a combination made in hell? Go ahead and give me your opinion in the comments below.