Director: Doug Hamilton
Perhaps you need to be a fan – I loathe Green Day, apart from a weak moment when younger where I liked a few things scattered across the first four albums, and then the first three – and then not really at all. Certainly by the time of the big pay-day that was American Idiot I found the band absurd, and unlistenable. And in fact had done long before that album even. But hey, that’s cool, I wasn’t in the demographic by then – so no harm.
Well American Idiot certainly gave the band a big payday and platform and so this documentary charts the album’s dramatic reinvention as Broadway play, a sort of West Side Story for young dullards. Or, you know, whatever.
The documentary is watchable – sure. Certainly. But it’s really just a bit of PR for the show/album/band/brand. And that lead-singer guy seems like an insecure and insufferable jerk. Something I’d worked out from his albums already.
It ends up moving, pretty rapidly, towards some sort of semi-grownup Glee, a High School Musical Graduation, or sumthink.
I made it to the end, because you usually do/you usually can with a documentary. But it was a waste of time. It reaffirmed that I hate Green Day. And I fucking hate those pumped-up/jumped-up young theatre types, all happy-clappy and over-energised. With no real context, no understanding of anything beyond the need to have someone tell them they were wonderful.
Well, this wasn’t wonderful. It was borderline-acceptable.
Some Green Day fan/s somewhere will be bitching out that this is just amazing proof of how talented that Billie Joe pill is and what an incredibly diverse band Green Day must be.