Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
It's hard to remember that spoofs used to be more than just bad movies that we either ignore completely, or watch when we want to check out a really bad movie. Current incarnations in the genre have left a large door of opportunity open, begging for satire that is both smart and entertaining -- one that constructs a funny plan, rather than a blanketed and desperate grab for laughs. It's not surprising that Judd Apatow was the man to make it happen.
But it's not just about J.A., or director Jake Kasdan. It's an entire film full of today's big names in comedy. John C. Reilly, Jenna Fischer, Kristen Wiig and other SNL vets, and my personal favorite -- the best group of Beatles to come since the actual Beatles: Jack Black, Paul Rudd, Justin Long, and Jason Schwartzman.
The film follows Dewey Cox -- a musician who is a rock 'n roll phenomenon with all the requisite baggage. He's got the women, the friends, and definitely the drugs to unheard of, spoofing degrees. The film tells his story mixing together all sorts of real rock-star bits, from the obvious allusions to Johnny Cash to a taste of Brian Wilson.
Aside from the great cover, which I think is the perfect retro style for this film, there's a 2-disc set for your enjoyment. (Must I say it's unrated? Does that really matter? It's like saying that Snoopy is unrated. Sure, there might not be a rating attached, but that says nothing of the content.) Anyway, there's a bunch of the usual sort of special features, but ones that should make the second disc worth the effort. You can check out a commentary with Apatow, Kasdan, Lew Morton, and Reilly, 8 full-song sequences, if you were itching to see them in their entirety, a Line-O-Rama improv segment, "The Music of Walk Hard," deleted scenes, and a featurette called "The Real Dewey Cox," which is a mockumentary discussing his impact on musicians from Jewel to John Mayer.
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Now, while there is no second recommended DVD today, I did want to point out this little puppy: Dead Fish.
Have you heard of it? It might look terrible, and probably is, but it's starring Gary Oldman, Terence Stamp, Robert Carlyle, and Billy Zane. As bad as it could be, look at that cast! It might just be fun brain candy. If you've seen it, or if you plan to, let us know what it's like.
Other New DVD Releases (April 8)
The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep
The 11th Hour
Resurrecting the Champ
Day of the Dead
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (20th Anniversary Ed.)