Why is The Wall so often misunderstood ? (by Zambelli)
I have seen the movie several times now and every time I watch it I see something new, something I haven't seen or heard before. Some unsung line, some lost message... Every time I watch the movie I seem to dig deeper into this complex work of art.However, I cannot tell you how disappointed I am that this movie is so underestimated, and, above all, misunderstood. How many times have you heard someone say something like: "You can't watch 'The Wall' unless you're really drunk or really high" ? I have heard this line probably from every single person that has seen <more>
the movie and it hurts me so much that nobody really tries to understand the movie.The key to understanding the movie is in the lyrics. The movie is not just a long series of video clips that accompany the album. The images are just a final piece of the puzzle, the final touch on a magnificent piece of art.The first time I saw this movie I felt very embarassed. Yes, embarassed, because I felt like a fool for hearing the album so many times and not realizing what it was about. The movie made me appreciate the lyrics of a rock song for the first time in my life.The week after seeing "The Wall" for the first time I bought Pink Floyd's "The Final Cut". Do you know what was the first thing I did when I opened the CD case? I read the lyrics, from the first to the last word. And I actually tried to understand what the album was about."The Wall" is so much more than you think it is. The only solution to not understaning the movie is watching it again and paying more attention. Once you get it, you will never forget it.
the ultimate baked potato experience (by PIST-OFF)
Whether you're sober, buzzed, high, or fully baked this movie is enjoyable. Anyway you look at it. Some people will naturally say you can only watch it high for it to make sense. Ignore those pothead hippies. Don't get me wrong I love pot as much as the next guy but what they say is untrue. Maybe it's more enjoyable baked or drunk but what isn't? If you're under the age of 30 and over the age of 12 and haven't seen it feel free to join your generation anytime now. What you missing is a great movie about isolation, depression, and anger. And for those of you too baked <more>
for any amount of attention span put the movie on anyways cause the soundtrack rules. However if you ever run across a chance to see it at a theater, as a midnite matinee or just a run of old movies, pay any amount for admission it'll be worth it. For those of you who enjoy getting stoned and watching movies see Story Of Ricky. It's nearly as good as this. For those of you looking for insanity on video see Taxi Driver.
Roger Waters has weaved a compelling visual of the journey of a disturbed and misled mind. Though the viewer is sometimes left to sort out obscure animations and confusing images, it is not without direction. Subsequent viewings of this film reveal substance that only a genius could imbue in his writing. Character development through such subtle action in places casts a light upon Roger Waters as a person who understands the frailty of the human mind. The main character, Pink, portrays angles of the human condition we all face at some point by embodying a victimized character: sick over the <more>
loss of his father to the war; negatively spotlighted at school for talents that are apparently unfavorable at the time; unable or just unwilling to relate to his wife; and ultimately shut off from effectively relating to others because of an inability to express himself in ways that others understand.Not only is the story captivating, but the music is such that it will always be noted as not only ahead of its time, but timeless.The Wall is a masterpiece of storytelling, but not in the traditional sense. One must not watch this film expecting everything on a silver platter. Symbolism and metaphors abound, leaving a great deal of interpretation and adaptation to the viewer. Sit with an open mind and let Waters' character help you read into yourself.
If for whatever reason you should find yourself in the company of aliens from the planet Nietsche , a planet whose inhabitants have gone beyond what can be described as human nature so much so that they have no knowledge of what being human is , then show them this film that explains everything The story starts with the Anzio landings that sees the death of Pink's father . As Plato said " Only the dead have seen the end of war " and that is bitterly true , man will always be man and man will always kill man until the end of time Pink goes to school and education is a double <more>
edged sword . It has the potential to educate young humans but as often happens these young humans find themselves being used as victims of whatever mood the teacher is in . Someone must pay for authorities inaquequacies Pink leaves school and falls in love , but love is the sharpest and most double edged sword in all of creation . It inspires but it also destroys us . Despite hundreds of millions of human beings being killed in wars , genocide and purges there is nothing so personally painful or as cruel as the betrayal by a lover . The darkest pits of Hell can not be as hellish or as sadistic as infidelity As Pink descends further into his personal madness we see him take his revenge . Humans are sexual beings and perhaps this is what makes us both demons and avenging angels . Irony is to the fore as he stops becoming a victim and turns into unfeeling fascist dictator . Someone must pay for all the wrongs Pink has endured and it's the innocent that must suffer You could go to the planet Nietsche with all the written works of every human philosopher who ever lived and that still wouldn't be enough to explain what it's like to be human . As it stands Alan Parker and Roger Waters have made a cogent film explaining why humans are the way they are and how they react to the surrounding universe . It's a film whose soundtrack is every bit as powerful as the human condition
Pink Floyd released the album "The Wall" in I believe 1979. It was a huge hit with high school and college kids--especially the song "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2" with the "we don't need no education" line. It was a concept album about alienation which totally escaped most kids--they just liked it because of the loud music.Alan Parker made this film version a few years later. In it he follows the mental disintegration of a rock star named Pink Bob Geldof . We see his whole life--his childhood, having an unnatural affection for his mom, his failed <more>
marriage, his drug abuse, his feelings of being all alone...and Pink completely explodes. I saw it opening night in Boston--I HATED it! The stereo sound blasted my ears out and the film keeps hitting you with morbid images of death, sex and some truly disturbing animation paired with Pink Floyd's ear-splitting music. Critics hated it too--they didn't review it seriously and just acted like it was a MTV movie video !!!! It died over here in America.Seeing it years later I realized I was totally wrong. I was ready this time for the non-stop depressing imagery and was absolutely fascinated. This movie has a lot to say about society, education and war. It's not an easy film to watch it got a R rating back then--it would easily get an NC-17 today and it will leave you incredibly depressed. Still it's fascinating to watch. Only one small complaint--they use some of the same imagery WAY too many times.I'm only giving it a 9 because it's such a downer.
Pink Floyd The Wall is a film rich in absolutely complex, surprisingly relatable themes and symbols. This film is not for everyone though, as it requires some input by the viewer through elaboration. It contains disturbing imagery and violent content, but with meaning behind it. All rock fans will be driven to the edge of their seat with this absolutely brilliant story of self-destruction told through the perspective of a slowly rotting man. Too much fame, drugs, and music have gotten the best of him, and it is up to him to tear down this metaphorical wall and re- enter society. Pink Floyd <more>
The Wall is a masterfully crafted psychological phenomenon!
A fascinating story about fascism - WARNING! Psychoanalytic content (by stills-6)
The opening tracking shot of a hotel hallway that resembles a prison should clue you in as to what awaits. There are so many things to like and be fascinated by in this movie. And for all of its avant-garde leanings, this is actually a very classically designed story. An iconoclastic music star, Pink Floyd, tries/tries not to think about his past and how he got to where he is, which is borderline psychotic. And because he's so disturbed, he can't even think in a linear way, so the journey we take into his mind is necessarily whacked-out.We also get to see how fascism is born from <more>
misdirected hate and idolatry. As a rock star, Floyd has seen the adulation of his audiences, so he's familiar with the phenomenon. But at the same time, he detests them for buying into his act. It's like the old Groucho Marx joke about refusing membership to any group who would let you in. He knows he's a fake his teachers and people like his wife have told him so , so everyone else who thinks he's real must be fakes also. It's a big cyclic game. So he can't let any of them in, behind his wall, because they are, by definition, phony.It's interesting, also, to think about how he has turned full circle into fascism. It's just part of his dream and how he deals with his anger, but it's also an interesting reaction to the absent father. Had there been no homosexuals or Jews etc., there would have been no need for a Hitler, and therefore there would have been no need for his father to die. But instead of hating Nazis, he hates the people that "provoked" the Nazis. I could go on for days with stuff like this, but I'll stop here. Just watch the movie and be impressed with the way it works on so many levels.
Just saw the film a few weeks ago for the first time on DVD. The film looks good, sounds good, and it's still holding up not only with the passage of time but the passage of my own personal life. There are times when I pick up "The Wall" the album , give it a listen and think to myself "god, what a self-absorbed person this is". But I realize in my better moments that Roger Waters was just letting us in on some of his deep personal issues. I used to not understand how politics and the whole fascist angle related to the rest of the film, but at this point it all makes <more>
sense to me. Waters is saying that the "walls" that we build up individually in our lives to protect ourselves and separate ourselves from others are just miniature versions of the political and social walls built up by people who rule over others through fear and intimidation.On a technical level, only the scenes which integrate animation with live action have aged somewhat poorly. The film still has a striking and unique visual style, even after all these years of MTV that have followed.Geldorf is sufficient as "Pink", though he doesn't get many lines or much to do except sit in that room.All in all, a great film for Floyd fans but it might leave some non fans scratching their heads, because it's a film you have to see a few times and think about if you really want to "get" it. I know this film was panned by a lot of critics and also a lot of them said the film's stance was insulting to the Floyd's core audience. I couldn't disagree more, I think the Floyd never made the mistake of under-estimating their audience's intelligence and that they were here making a personal statement not only about their own lives primarily Waters' and Barrett's but about the changes in how they interact with their fans.I agree though with Waters' comments on the documentary -- the film's great weakness is that it lacks humor, even the biting or negative humor of Floyd songs like "Have a Cigar". I think possibly doing part of the film in a less documentary style, especially "Young Lust" would have helped here.
Pink Floyd fans will love this, something for everyone (by jerome_horwitz)
Pink Floyd's "The Wall" is a film in which I see tribute to from many modern day films. This film primarily focuses on the fascism and destruction of WWII, told through the eyes of a drugged out rock star.This film is definitely about more than just Pink Floyd's great music. Pink goes through a metamorphosis in the course of the movie. Pink starts as drugged out zombie rock star that feels nothing, not even for his beautiful and sexy wife who he once loved deeply. There is a message to be had throughout this film, if you can look past the music and drugs commonly associated <more>
with Pink Floyd.Slowly Pink's emotions build until the only way to control them is to let them loose as he hits rock bottom, realizing in many ways he has given up everything for nothing. As he regroups, he becomes cold and calculating, 'there can be no exceptions'. This conflict is meant to show how often the pendulum swings from one extreme right to the opposite extreme. By the end of the film, Pink has figured out what it means to be normal.If you've never seen The Wall, I'd recommend you see it. It's not for children, it's rated R. If you identify with many societal problems, for example the problems with public schools, you'll probably identify with most of the movie. At the same time, some of these parts are a little slow and some might find them boring or pointless. If you like Pink Floyd's music, then you really shouldn't find any parts of the movie too painful.This movie basically covers most of the songs in The Wall album which were redone for this production. It also features some songs from Pink Floyd's The Final Cut album. One of my favorite scenes is animated, and fans of The Final Cut's 'Not Now John' will recognize the music from this song in that scene of the movie.There is something for everyone to appreciate about this film.8/10