I finally got the chance to see A Mighty Wind this past weekend (rainy Saturday afternoons are great for that kind of thing). It’s one of the best films I’ve seen in a long time, or at least since I saw Chicago. Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean do a great job as the trio the Folksmen, although for the first few minutes they were on the screen together I kept flashing back to Spinal Tap.
The real star of the picture, however, is Eugene Levy (who also co-wrote the film with Christopher Guest). I kept waiting for his character to do something that would put me on the floor laughing. Instead Mitch becomes a very sympathetic and real character, still funny but in a different way. And Levy can actually sing! For that matter, the whole cast does a great job of singing and playing their instruments (and writing the music!).
For me, an excellent movie is one that I would buy the DVD. I’ll be first in line for this one!