Rattle and Hum

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  • PG-13
  • 1988
  • 7.6  (6,148)

Rattle and Hum is a documentary-style film about the Irish rock band U2, directed by Phil Joanou. It is a combination of concert footage, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and political commentary that captures the band's evolution during their 1987 Joshua Tree tour. The film opens with a black-and-white performance of "Helter Skelter" in Denver, Colorado, which sets the tone for an unapologetically raw and gritty experience. From there, the documentary jumps between various concert footage, including performances from Sun Devil Stadium, McNichols Sports Arena, and Madison Square Garden.

Interspersed between the live performances are interviews with the band members, as well as with fans, crew members, and other musicians. The interviews are often unscripted and off-the-cuff, which gives the film a sense of spontaneity and immediacy.

The film also explores the band's political and social views, with segments on their involvement in the Amnesty International A Conspiracy of Hope Tour, as well as their interest in American blues and gospel music. These segments give the viewer a deeper understanding of what drives the band's music and message.

One of the most memorable sections of the film takes place in Harlem, where the band explores the roots of gospel music and performs "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" on a street corner with a local choir. This segment showcases the band's willingness to break down barriers and connect with people from all walks of life.

The film also delves into the band's personal lives, including their relationships with each other and their families. We see Bono spending time with his wife and children, as well as The Edge opening up about his feelings on being a father. These personal moments add a layer of humanity to the film and make the band more relatable to viewers.

Throughout the film, the band's music takes center stage, with electrifying performances of hits like "Pride (In the Name of Love)," "Where the Streets Have No Name," and "Bullet the Blue Sky." The concert footage is expertly shot and edited, creating a sense of excitement and energy that makes it feel like you're right in the middle of the crowd.

Overall, Rattle and Hum is a thrilling and immersive look at one of the greatest rock bands of all time. By blending concert footage with intimate moments, political commentary, and personal insights, the film gives viewers a complete picture of who U2 is and what they stand for. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just discovering the band for the first time, this documentary is a must-see.

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