Taking Woodstock

September 9, 2009 by  
Filed under CineStrays

Starring: Demitri Martin, Imelda Staunton, Emile Hirsch
Directed by: Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”)
Written by: James Schamus (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”)

How director Ang Lee was able to turn the planning of such a momumental event in the history of music like Woodstock into something as exciting as the planning of a bar mitzvah is beyond comprehensible. Well, it actually starts with James Schamus’s detached screenplay and ends with actor Demitri Martin’s dull leading role as a small town Jewish guy who wants more out of life than working in the family business. Getting to see Lee’s version of an acid trip, however, is fairly interesting.