Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Le Cinema Rockiste: Rachel Getting Married

My fiancee and I went to the movies for the first time in a while this weekend. The selection? Rachel Getting Married, a Jonathan Demme indie flick starring Anne Hathaway
who already has the Oscar buzzards circling.

Decent movie -- dark, with disorienting camera work, with good but not great performances -- but normally not something I'd write about. I didn't do a lot of background research before we went (as I usually do), so I was surprised to see a) Robyn Hitchcock and b) TV on the Radio lead singer Tunde Adebimpe. Strong rockist cred there, but not surprising for the man behind the Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense and the recent slow, slow Neil Young doc Heart of Gold (and a crap load of other incredibly sweet non-Rockist movies).
The whole movie takes place over one weekend -- Rachel's wedding -- when the Hathaway charcter gets out of rehab to go back home and attend. Adebimpe plays her sister's fiance -- and does so with a nice warmth -- who also happens to be a musician. Consequently, all his musician friends come to the house for the wedding and proceed to cover the entire movie in this musical haze -- at a particularly tense moment Hathaway has to scream at a trio of dudes just jamming on ukeleles and fiddles in the living room in the middle of the day.
While other parts of the wedding are less than desireable, having Robyn Hitchcock play at your wedding -- even if it is some totally bizarre tune about Spanish tarantulas -- rates as what would surely be one of the coolest moments of a young Rockist couple's life. But I'll actually go so far as to say it's surpassed within the movie when it comes time to say the vows. Won't say what it is, but as someone who is inclined to think much about these things these days, it's a great moment -- sweet, geeky, a little awkward, quite memorable, and unwaveringly rockist.

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