By: Oberst Von Berauscht & Bill Leon (Three Beers) –
-Bill L: Pink Floyd is a rock star having a severe mental breakdown. He holes up inside a hotel room, retrospect
-Ken: Ok, so there is this rock star named “Pink”, not to be confused for the female rockstar “Pink” (This fact is irrelevant). Pink is in a hotel room doing drugs and thinking about his father who died during WWII and traumatic things that happened in his childhood, like being told what to do by school teachers, and having a willing girlfriend/sex partner who he shows no interest in (how is this traumatizing?), so she cheats on him (Oh, ok). He also seems to equate his mother with his girlfriend, which is kind of fucked up… Eventually he overdoses and his manager injects him with instant NAZI potion. After this he is put on trial, where a testicle-faced judge revokes his building permit, forcing him to tear down his metaphorical wall.
-Ken: Director Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning, Midnight Express, The Commitments, Fame) seamlessly weaves live action and animated segments together, to create a truly dreamlike nightmare of a film. There is more vivid and haunting imagery in 10 seconds of The Wall than most horror films manage for their full duration. Regardless of how one feels about the film, it is inarguably a fascinating watch from beginning to end, never feeling anything less than fully engaging.
-Bill L: The Wall the album is a great, classic rock opera from 1979 that captures an admittedly Roger Waters-dri
-Ken: Animation director Gerald Scarfe, who also did the music video “Welcome to the Machine” seems to have a perfect grip on the band’s mix of the immediate and ethereal. There is smoothness to the animation which allows for quick transitions, matching with the mood and feel of the music, and serving as a fantastic visual complement.
-Bill L: “Goodbye Blue Sky” is a crowning achievement; for me, quintessen
-Ken: I have to credit Bob Geldof’s performance as “Pink”, as a non-actor playing a more or less silent part, he manages a uniquely emotional performance. As his character changes, it is easy to empathize, if not quite understand his pain. This is something unique to The Wall film in that they never fully explain the cause of Pink’s trauma. Films dealing with depression often go out of their way to provide a full explanation, but instead The Wall reveals only bits and pieces.
-Bill L: Bob Geldof was captivatin
-Ken: One shouldn’t have to google the synopsis of a film after viewing it in order to figure out what is happening.
A movie should be able to stand on its own, otherwise it is just pure fan service. I still don’t fully get the whole “Fascist” angle of the plot, even after searching for some kind of explanation. Also, the movie indicates that his mother was overbearing and overprotective in one scene, and in other scenes indicate she was neglectful and absent. This is seen in the sequence where the boy walks through his empty house looking for a parental figure. Granted, the child was technically looking for his father, but his mother is also absent. In fact, his mother is rarely shown in the film for more than a few moments.
Bill L: I’m going to attempt to explain the “Fascist” stuff. Roger Waters was inspired to write The Wall after he spit in a kid’s face at a concert for trying to climb up on the stage. I think the ‘fascist’ angle comes into play with him being a rock star and having this influence in people’s lives and their way of thinking.
Despite the fact that this movie does rely heavily on presuming you’re wholly familiar with the album it’s based on… it really benefits from multiple viewings. You will notice new things every time you see it.
-Ken: Perhaps the film’s greatest fault is in the way it deals with women, who seem to be little more than needy objects of desire. Even Pink’s mother isn’t free from this, as the movie features numerous Oedipal images which are used to symbolize the psychological disturbances with Pink and his relationships. In this film, Pink’s mother issues caused him to lose love with his wife, who then cheated on him, which caused Pink to respond by finding a groupie to bang. He then ignores her until she attempts direct physical contact, after which point he becomes physically abusive. I find it fascinating that each step of Pink’s descent into madness and self-abuse is helped along by a woman. Of course, one could take this misogyny to represent Pink finding people other than himself to blame for his misery. If true, however, how is this helping the audience empathize with him?
-Bill L: It’s entirely true. The only one with a negative outlook on femininity is Pink. His disconnect
-Ken: Somewhat weighed down by its ambitions, but rather successful overall due to the sheer vastness of creativity at play.
-Bill L: Pink Floyd: The Wall was a lot of firsts for me. It helped me get into more high-minde
Take a Drink: anytime something looks like naughty bits
Take a Drink: for those creepy flesh masks
Take a Drink: for fascist imagery
Drink a Shot: each time Pink freaks out