Monday, 2 April 2012

[544] This Must Be The Place (2011) Review

Hello, April! I'm starting you with gusto, with a review of This Must Be The Place, which talks more about the Talking Heads song from which it steals its title. Don't you know it's the best song ever?

An aside: I don't like Sean Penn. I'm not sure I've met anyone who does. Does he have fans? Die-hard fans? Creepy fans who mimic his mannerisms? I'd like to meet them, if so.

First up, here’s a musical fact. This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by The Talking Heads is the best song ever written. Maybe it’s the synth bassline and brittle guitar part, circling around each other in an endless loop. Or maybe it’s David Byrne’s yelping, meandering vocals, bleating non-sequitur-laden platitudes. Whatever it is, whether you’re listening to the lazy groove of the studio version, from their 1983 breakthrough album Speaking In Tongues, or gawping at Byrne dancing with a lamp in the concert movie Stop Making Sense, there’s something utterly beguiling about that tune.

For his first English-language film, Il Divo director Paolo Sorrentino has not only pilfered the song’s title (sans the parentheses), but also brought in Byrne to provide both the soundtrack and a quirky cameo. However, the Talking Heads connection stops there, as the film’s plot focuses on Cheyenne (Sean Penn), a middle-aged rock star who is living out his reclusive later years in an Irish mansion.

Read the full article here.

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