Saturday, April 9, 2011

A Mighty Wind (2003)

A Mighty Wind is probably my favorite of Christopher Guest's "mockumentaries." Guest is the comedic genius behind Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and most recently For Your Consideration (as well as writing This Is Spinal Tap). A Mighty Wind is about the folk music scene, and focuses on three reuniting folk music groups putting on one big show.

If you haven't seen a Christopher Guest movie before, the humor is a little different. It's played totally straight, but the finished result is hilarious. He reuses many of his actors from his other films and it's truly an ensemble performance. Favorite characters include Jane Lynch as a singer in "The New Main Street Singers", who is also a former porn actress and founder of W.I.N.C. (Witches in Nature's Colors), and Eugene Levy as Mitch, a folk singer who had a total nervous breakdown and wanders through the movie with a dazed look on his face. I can't list all of the funny characters and moments, you just have to watch it.

This movie has real heart too. Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara have real chemistry as Mitch and Mickey, former lovers who went through a bitter breakup but are still able to perform beautiful music together, including the Oscar-nominated "Kiss at the End of the Rainbow" (which lost to Annie Lennox for her Lord of the Rings song...Mitch and Mickey were robbed!)

This movie KILLS me, and I highly recommend it.

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