My Rating: 3 stars
I don’t know why it took me so long to finally get around to watching this movie. I had always been interested in seeing it. It’s a fun story, and supposedly based on true events. (Although, these historical stories are always fictionalized to seem much more glamorous and better smelling than they really were in real life). I’m a pretty big fan of many of the comedians and actors who star in this one—Dmitri Martin, Emile Hirsch, Paul Dano, Liev Schreiber, Eugene Levy—and I think they all did a really good job. But, it always seemed like there was something a little more urgent on the docket. But, there’s something very satisfying about finally getting around to one of those old movies that’s been taunting you from your queue for years.
As you may deduce from the title, this movie is about the historic Woodstock music festival in 1969. It tells the story of the festival organizers, and of the families who owned the land on which the concerts took place, (and who unwittingly opened the floodgates to all the psychedelic revelry, and muddy wallowing). Dmitri Martin plays the young man who talks his parents and their neighbors into allowing the festival to take place on their farms after the event had been banned from other towns. They really seized the opportunity to revitalize their town’s economy. But, I don’t think any of them were expecting the 400,000 dirty hippies who showed up. And, the movie does a pretty good job of illustrating just how filthy these young music lovers were. It has them dropping acid, and wallowing in mud, and skinny-dipping in the local river. There really is quite an impressive number of exposed breasts in this film, if that’s something that’s relevant to your interests. But, all the kids look like they’re having a good time, and I think the movie does a fun job of illustrating all the old-timey shenanigans.
Again, I really think the writers took little artistic license when stitching this story together, but the spirit of it does feel like a pretty authentic story. And like I always say, just because something didn’t happen, doesn’t mean it’s not true. I have no problem recommending this movie to my readers. I don’t think it’s big priority. I took my sweet time coming to it, and it kept pretty well. So, no need to go out of your way. But, it’s a good, solid pick.