- Jul 16, 2011
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Thank youI think y’all are taking the movie too literally or personally or something.
It’s not as much a movie about drumming as it is a horror flick revolving around a psychopath who manipulates young minds and breaks their humanity, their connection with everything they love; not just music, only to please him.
Is there redemption at the end when the kid prevails?
No. He’s broken. Forever. By a crazy person.
That’s what the movie is about. It is not supposed to be some day in the life at Julliard docu-drama or any such nonsense.
Spot on. Bird went out and played all types of gigs. There's a photo of him playing in a "Rhumboogie" band. He also used to play country music on the jukebox when he was famous. He said he liked it because it was little stories about life. Though he didn't play that style much, he respected swing and older traditional jazz. No doubt he worked on his chops, but he listened to and played all kinds of music.This. My real problem with the movie is upholding this mythology that someone attains artistic greatness through self-isolation and masochism. Bird did not react to the Jo Jones cymbal incident by locking himself in a room and playing scales until his lips bled. He may have done some serious woodshedding, but he also played with a lot of different people and put a lot of thought into how to approach his playing differently. Musical greatness requires discipline, but the movie turns this into joyless self-torture.