Year of Release: 2003
Director(s): Christopher Guest
Approx. Running Time: 92 minutes
My Rating: 4 stars (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
In A Mighty Wind, director Christopher Guest reunites the team from Best In Show and Waiting for Guffman to tell the story (co-written by Eugene Levy) of '60s-era folk musicians, who, inspired by the death of their former manager, get back on the stage for one concert in New York City's Town Hall.
Levy and Catherine O'Hara are Mitch and Mickey, once the sweethearts of folk music until their bitter separation; Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are classic folk trio The Folksmen, and Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins, and Jane Lynch anchor a color-coordinated, harmonizing "neuftet" - The New Main Street Singers.
Joining the musicians are Bob Balaban, Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Paul Dooley, Michael Hitchcock, Don Lake, Larry Miller, Jim Piddock, Deborah Theaker and Fred Willard, who all work to revive folk music in this uniquely touching comedy.
This is another of those "mockumentaries" - brought to you by Christopher Guest. I was first drawn to this film because of my taste for folk music but I fell in love with it because of the wonderful blend of humor, heart, and great tunes (Incidentally, I own and highly recommend the soundtrack). I most loved the character of Mitch Cohen (played by Eugene Levy), an old burn-out dealing with issues of paranoia and general psychosis. One interesting thing to note, is that this film features a sort of reunited Spinal Tap - Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer - but in the form of a folk trio called The Folksmen.
Rated PG-13 (MPAA)