There isn’t a shortage of great concert films out there. Movies such as the Band’s Last Waltz, Talking Heads Stop Making Sense and the Rolling Stones Gimme Shelter are not only seen as great music movies but great movies.
The genre is still around today and with new filmmakers and musicians coming out, more and more interesting concert movies are being made.
Movies like LCD Soundsystem’s Shut Up and Play the Hits.
The main focus of the movie revolves around the bands final performance, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York. The film is shows off a good chunk of the live set while breaking it up with footage shot before and after the concert featuring lead singer (songwriter, performer) James Murphy as he deals with the end of the band.
What we see on those segments is a man who wants to stop a train before it over takes him, but doesn’t really want to end this stage of his life.
While he’s being interviewed by Chuck Klosterman, he seems reflective and worried that he may have made the wrong decision in ending the band at this point.
After the show, Murphy has to finish a number of things at his office and slowly the realization that his band is over dawns on him. This leads to an emotional scene in the bands storage space near the end of the film.
Between these moments he see and hear a concert that looked like one hell of a good time.
The cinematography was handled by a number of people including Spike Jonze and the visuals are quite nice.
While the films two directors, Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace, aren’t that well known they mix the documentary and concert footage quite well.
The music is well mixed and shows the bands talent. The songs all come across well and will more than likely make you tap your toes at one point or another.
The film also features appearances of a number of musicians and personalities either on stage with the band or in the audience such as Donald Glover, Arcade Fire and Reggie Watts.
Even if you’re not a fan of this type of music, you can still enjoy the visual and party like atmosphere that took place that night in the Gardens.
Even I have to admit to not being that big of a fan of the band. While I’ve heard a number of the bands songs and knew about James Murphy I wasn’t what you would call a fan.
This film did something very special and made me a fan of the band making me purchase a number of their albums.
Shut Up and Play the Hits is a love letter to the LCD Soundsystem. It shows off the people that love the band and how they were united for one last time in New York for the bands last show.
Shut Up and Play the Hits was Produced By Pulse Films and Killer Films. Distribution was done by Oscilloscope in most parts of the world.