Il loved this film! It's a tale of a group of kids in a band who have their first crack at actually being heard by someone who can affect their careers for the better and then screwing it up royally.
Director Alex Proyas (The Crow) came back to his roots in this one, having reportedly played in a band in his youth. I loved the fact that even though this was a movie about a band, that was the underlying story, whilst the main focus was on the relationships between different members of the band.
It's funny to describe a movie about a struggling band as a romantic comedy, however at the end of the day, the way I see it, that's exactly what it is. Lead singer Freddy is our main focus for the band and also what holds these other characters together as a cohesive group. Played by actor Kick Gurry who also starred in Looking for Alibrandi. It's funny but none of these actors are even slightly convincing as musicians, however the strength of the story will have you overlooking that slight oversight.
There are some sidesplitting moments during this movie, however for the most part the humour is more of a gentle nature. My favourite moments are when Lucy, the group's male drummer gives them all drugs on two occasions to make them feel better. These are entitled, respectively, Fun with Drugs parts 1 & 2 and whilst the message they give isn't good, the segments were enough to have me laughing out loud at the group's antics.
The disc is presented 16:9 enhanced and the only niggly thing about it is that the compression is sometimes evident (in background images). The disc is single layer and they've had to cram the movie onto the single layer when possibly it wasn't suitable to do so. The background blur is only slight though and will only really be apparent if you know what you are looking for so really no marks off for that as it does not detract from the movie one iota.
Audio is brilliant for this movie which is somewhat of a relief and all speakers are used nicely. In particular, the sub, front and satellites with the rear channels being used only when the most effect could be derived from them.
This is a great movie and I have no hesitation in recommending it as a good night's rental. I am in particular looking forward to see the retail version and what extras are going to be on that.
Garage Days (Rental) Features