GIMME DANGER REVIEWED
“Gimme Danger” is a film that I was way too excited about seeing. What resulted might be the oddest Jarmusch film that I’ve ever seen. I love Iggy Pop, the Stooges and Jarmusch. What resulted from this love was sitting down with an over-glorified puff piece. The archival footage and deep cut concert stuff was great. It was just that the rest of the documentary played like a Behind the Music episode.
Being a fan of a band can make information seem older and trite when compared to the need to inform a new audience. So, I was initially willing to give Jarmusch a break on the matter. It’s just that the pattern never fixed itself in nearly two hours. That unveils the problem with these kinds of movies. What do you do when you can’t make a hagiography or a brutal tell-all? The only option left is to regurgitate the facts and hope that the subjects can explain away the gaps. When the subjects can’t do that, then you’re left with a restatement of what can be found on a really well-made fan website.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1