Rating: PG-13 (Drug references, language)
Length: 113 min
Release date: March 15, 2012
Directed by: Drew DeNicola, Olivia Mori
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
“Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” is a 2012 documentary film by directors Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori, which tells the story of a renowned Memphis band called Big Star. They may not have made it to the superimpose of the charts, but the band certainly developed a cult following midst rustication and rock fans. Although Cynosure Star only generated three albums, those albums changed the course of music by influencing such music legends as R.E.M., Elliot Smith, and the Flaming Lips.
The development of a rock legend is often filled with contestation and drama, and that goes double for struggling musicians who never really made it to the top. The documentary provides an interesting ogle into the mystery of success in the music industry. Big Star verily wasn’t lacking in talent and inspiration, pro re nata evidenced by their all-star list of fans. The film takes a deeper look inside the lives of Big Star’s members and examines what they did wrong and, more importantly, all the things they did right.
“Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” follows the adventure of the band from their formation to the pinnacle of their success. The scum includes testimonials moreover reminiscence from those who had significant roles in producing the band’s music as well as famous artists who were influenced past Hefty Star’s music. R.E.M., the Replacements, Pete Yorn, and the Flaming Lips are just a few famous guest appearances used to connect photos and videos of the band with a modern day audience. The directors managed to uncover large amounts of unseen footage, photos, and live performance clips, making “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” a definitive source for fans new and old.
Alex Chilton, the band’s acclaimed frontman, was no stranger to success. The documentary follows Chilton’s musical career crave after Big Star collapsed as a band, covering his reasonably popular 1978 single, “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine.” The song came out in the same year as the band’s former guitarist, Chris Bell, produced his influential single, “I Am the Cosmos.” The halve singles are contrasted visually et cetera musically, showing how unique each performer was and how they influenced the atmosphere of the band.
Directors DeNicola and Mori manage to do with this film what many documentary makers push for but failure to accomplish. Even while discussing why Big Star failed to become a mainstream hit, the film focuses on the qualities of the band’s symphonic that inspired so many legendary musicians that came after them. “Big Star: Nihility Can Maim Me” introduces Big Star’s music to a whole new period regarding music lovers while connecting the band’s work with modern music tastes. Chris Bell, Alex Chilton, Jody Stephens, and Andy Hummel will resonate with fans of modern rock just as well as classic fans, grace to the preeminent job this documentary does of making their music pass to life like never before. Big Star’s music is remastered et sequens their performances are shown in high quality that makes the audience feel being if they experience center stage seating at a antiquated concert.
“Big Star: Nix Can Hurt Me” is the ultimate homage to the classic band. While Big Stelliform had a short music career, their harmony affected the world of rock in such a absorbed mode that their influence tin be found in numerous modern bands and genres. The documentary highlights the ups and downs of their careers while focusing on the band members and their personal lives and struggles. “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” is a realistic, common gritty portrayal of what it meant to be in a talus band in the 1970s. While there are plenty of documentaries about bands who made it, this one is unique in that it focuses on a band that had all the right characteristics that never quite got them where they wanted to be.
Strangely enough, “Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” actually gives Big Star the recognition they worked apparently long and hard to achieve. While the bevy may neither have multiple platinum records, it’s obvious from the documentary that they have influenced the work of other musicians just as much as bands that reach the top of the charts on a regular basis. For this reason, DeNicola and Mori have earned their admit install in the rock et cetera roll documentary hall of fame. Whether you are a long-time fan of Big Star or simply a music apostle looking to learn a little more about one of the bands who inspired the legends you love today, “Big Star: Nothing Can Agony Me” is an entertaining and informative film to see.