For today’s first review of This is Spinal Tap (1984), here are Sherise of The Girl That Loved to Review‘s thoughts on it.
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
This is Spinal Tap is Rob Reiner’s first feature film as well as one of the first mockumentarys ever made. The film follows the fictional band, Spinal Tap, as they tour the US in 1982. The film is a commentary on 1980s glam rock bands and their extravagance and egotism.
One of my favorite bands is Motley Crue, so I am a bit of a fan of the glam rock era. The more you know of the music and bands of that time, the more you will enjoy Spinal Tap. While Spinal Tap is fictional it is based in fact. Events that happen in the film come straight out of rock and roll history, if exaggerated here for comic effect.
Of course the great strength of the film is its humor. The band is comprised of a bunch of idiots (my favorite being Nigel played by Christopher Guest). There are many quotable moments, the most famous being (the numbers all go to eleven.” Rob Reiner not only directs, but he has a role in the film itself as, you guessed it, the director of the ‘documentary.’ He is very funny and brings a bit of reality to the crazy antics/perceptions of the band members. What is also great about the film is that it isn’t filled with stupid humor, like a lot of modern comedies are these days. There are no crass fart jokes, etc. It is more of an intellectual comedy.
This is Spinal Tap has had a huge impact on films that lasts to this day. It paved the way for things like Borat and Ricky Gervais’s The Office. Spinal Tap is great for a laugh even though it does feel a little too long at times. Rob Reiner sees the rock world for what it is: “an adolescent fantasy world.” This is Spinal Tap gets 8 little children dancing around Stonehenge out of 11.