Title: Stop Making Sense
Director: Jonathan Demme
Original Release: 1984
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
When our daughter first became aware of specific bands, the first she could identify readily was The Beatles, known for a long time as simply "Daddy's Favorite Band." It wasn't much of a shock. The Beatles are a pretty easy sell. The second band she was drawn to, though, was more of a surprise: The Talking Heads. I never would have thought of them as a kid-friendly band but she loves them. My Wife has a theory: David Byrne (lead singer) dances kind of like a seven-year-old. Our Girl was about that age at the time.
As such, the 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense was an excellent choice for Family Movie Night. I had never seen it before and thoroughly enjoyed it. The Talking Heads were a fun, high energy band and I'm sure they were great to see live. The film is considered by many critics to be the finest rock concert movie ever made - not much in the way of gimmickry, just a solid presentation. There are lots of wide shots of the band and individual performers, including Byrne, are generally framed in full-body or waist-up allowing the quirky charm to shine through.
Once the movie was over, I asked Our Girl what she thought. "I loved it," she said. "Too bad we have to wait another year to watch it again!" (FMN rule: once a year limit for each film)