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  • Gareth Crook

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

Updated: Dec 11, 2020

Tonight I’ve introduced Anne to This is Spinal Tap. It’s over 25 years since I’ve seen this film and I’d forgotten how funny it is. If I’m honest it’s not a laugh out loud romp, but more of an constant face splitting smile-fest. Not only is it one of the most quotable films ever made, but probably one of the more original too. I certainly can’t think of many if any mockumentaries that proceed it. Dry cutting humour, ridiculous and lovable characters and as much a love letter to rock as it is a piss-take. What’s most enjoyable about watching this, now over 35 years old, is how timeless it feels. Sure you’d assume bands aren’t like this anymore, but then assume things at your peril. The reason this is funny though is because there’s so much honesty. There’s a little truth in every joke they say and this walks then line between hilarity and insightful wonderfully. Still the best film about music, bands and the bonkers industry that surrounds it.



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