David Byrne's American Utopia

2020

Documentary / Music / Musical

159
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 100%
IMDb Rating 8.5 10 175

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October 27, 2020

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David Byrne as Self
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967.88 MB
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105 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by gjdaly 10 / 10 / 10

yes please

What an amazing artist! 68 and crushing it! If he's still doing this when this pandemic is over... Hello Broadwaay!!

Reviewed by paul-allaer 9 / 10 / 10

High energy Broadway adaptation of David Byrne's music is thoroughly enjoyable

You may recall that erstwhile Talking Heads front man David Byrne issued his well received 7th solo album called "American Utopia" in the Spring of 2018. Subsequently he went on tour in support of the album, to much acclaim, expanding the album into a career-spanning music set. The idea arose to do a limited Broadway run based on that show, and hence exactly a year ago, "David Byrne's American Utopia" opened for a 3 month run at the intimate Hudson Theater (capacity: 900) on Broadway, Now comes the film adaptation of it. "David Byrne's American Utopia" (2020 release; 105 min.) opens with David Byrne sitting on stage by himself and a prop of a human brain in his hand. As "Here" (from the original "American Utopia" album) starts, he explains the various parts of the brain interact, and with that we are off. Soon he is joined by his band, 11 musicians and dancers in all, with 5 of them playing drums and percussions (later in the show Byrne goes at length to explain that the music we hear is live and not on play back). It's not long before we get to the Talking Heads catalog: "This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)", "I Zimbra", and "Slippery People" make for a wonderful triple punch that will make you want to stand up and sing and dance along to. Dis I mention that this production oozes high energy? Byrne and the 11 others all wear the same light gray business suit, and all are barefooted (no shoes, no socks, no worries). The film is directed with panache by Spike Lee, who connects perfectly well with David Byrne's music and overall sense of the theatrical. This was obviously filmed at some point during the limited Broadway run last Fall and Winter, meaning before COVID-19 broke and when it was still possible to have a sell-out crowd in Broadway theaters. What a world of difference a year makes. (Broadway theaters are now announced as remaining dark until at least May of 2021.) "David Byrne's American Utopia" premiered this weekend on HBO and is now available on HBO On Demand and other streaming services. If you are in need of a "pick me upper" in these uncertain times of COVID-10 and an out of control presidential election race, or are simply a fan of David Byrne and his music, I cannot think of a better boost than to watch "David Byrne's American Utopia". Of course I'd readily suggest you check it out for yourself, and draw your own conclusion.

Reviewed by mojo-98073 9 / 10 / 10

An Artsy Musical Show Not to be Missed

Never saw a bad David Byrne show. An enjoyable romp in today's culture. A tender and soft musical journey from a voice which has barely aged since 1976. You'll find yourself bobbing your head at times to the rhythmic melodies. A true artist.

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