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Gimme Danger

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Music docu is mainly a fan film; drugs, lots of cursing.

Movie R 2016 108 minutes
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In this documentary, director Jim Jarmusch calls the Stooges "the greatest rock 'n' roll band, ever." Though he doesn't exactly support his claim, he does at least create an entertaining tribute. Gimme Danger certainly could have been more "punk rock," a little less polished and familiar. It relies on all those old staples like talking heads, photos, archive footage, and funny little animations. The documentary does correctly illustrate the wide-ranging influence the Stooges had (from the Sex Pistols to Nirvana and the White Stripes), and the many music clips speak for themselves.

But it turns out that the movie's best asset is Iggy Pop himself. While a band as raw and loose as the Stooges (two of their songs are "Raw Power" and "Loose") may appear to have come about by accident, Iggy reveals that he is a canny musician and artist. It's fascinating to hear about all his influences, from Chicago blues to discordant jazz to kids' TV shows like Howdy Doody and Soupy Sales. When he describes the making of certain songs, he describes them with great knowledge and feeling, suggesting that great thought and preparation went into each explosive track. Iggy is a wonderful storyteller, and it would have been fun to listen to him for hours more.

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