Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids full movie review - Comparing the Real Deal to The Movie - It's Really Good, Not Great
Full Disclosure - I was at the concert, main floor, about 15 rows back. Had no idea it was going to be filmed for an "undisclosed project" until I got there and saw Demme and crews all over the place. Spoiler alert: I mention which parts of the live concert setlist were excluded from the film.
Since I was at the show, it's hard for a film to live up to what I experienced in person. However, it really did capture a fair bit of the atmosphere and artistry.
What I liked:
They did a fantastic job filming "Only When I Walk Away". That was absolutely amazing live, and they were able to translate that exceptionally well.
"Mirror" was also very well done. You could really feel the energy and emotion in that performance live,and you can feel it just about the same on film. It gave me chills watching it.
What I didn't care for so much:
Somehow, the energy and atmosphere seemed subdued and mellow to me for the first 3 or 4 songs. It just wasn't like that live.
A few more moments of JT before and after the show would have added nicely.
If I could change just one thing:
They skipped a great, very high energy part of the show from the middle of the setlist, including "Not a Bad Thing" to where Justin and the TK's ride the moving bridge back to the stage. The place was on fire, and I was looking forward to seeing that part on film. I was disappointed that it wasn't.
Overall, I thought this was really good. I have no doubt it's extremely difficult to translate live energy and emotion to film, but they did it pretty well. I'll watch it again :)