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It Might Get Loud (2009)

"Before viewing" talks don't have spoilers, but since there's no "After viewing" talk for this one, comments may have spoilers. More»» by Randy Heffner

Is the film worth your time?

If for you, rock and blues electric guitar music is in itself a Beautiful thing, It Might Get Loud is a great place to get lost in reverie with it. And, if you’re a big fan of Jimmy Page, The Edge, or Jack White, there’s all the more to reason to get lost in the film. It’s an engaging journey into the ethos and mystique of the electric guitar — and its relationships with those who play it — and that’s how you have to watch it. The interviews could have been more penetrating, the history more complete, and the analysis more profound, but then it would not be the tribute that it is. Its attitude of homage is what makes It Might Get Loud worth experiencing.

We see the electric guitar through the eyes of three of its most notable players. What makes the three guitarists a great combination for the film is that they come to the guitar not only from different time periods, but also from very different styles, techniques, and philosophies. Among the many angles through which It Might Get Loud explores the instrument, one of the most interesting is in its early biographical sketches (with fantastic archive footage) of Page, Edge, and White that tell how they came to the instrument both historically and creatively. Throughout the film, there are many moments of pure joy to enrich the soul of one who loves the music. Running time: 97 min.

I think there’s one word of profanity.

  • Director: Davis Guggenheim
  • Leads: Jimmy Page, The Edge, Jack White
  • Cinematography: Guillermo Navarro, Erich Roland


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