September 9, 2009 by  

Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock

Elliott (Demitri Martin) takes a little trip with new friends (Kellie Garner and Paul Dano) in "Taking Woodstock."

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.

Grade: C-

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