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Maroder

Doesn't feature much of a plot, and the characters are pretty much cardboard cut-outs (admittedly this isn't exactly unheard of in the musical and rock opera genres). With its archetypal onslaught of evil teachers, controlling mother, vaginas dentata, war atrocities, fascist terror and desperate screaming, it's all as unsubtle, bleak, humourless and dated as the Berlin Wall (or that V for Vendetta flick). It sure helps if you care for the music, which I personally don't.

What it does have going for it though, is a collection of indelible imagery sprinkled throughout the film (mostly in the animated bits), such as pupils going through the meat grinder, deformed face masks, flower sex, marching hammers, and various grotesque morphing figures (like a talking butt!). Thus, sequences from The Wall could easily be edited into an iconic music video (Another Brick in the Wall, part 2), which in my opinion is what this material is best suited to.
9 years 4 months ago
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dombrewer

I love Pink Floyd, and I think "The Wall" is a brilliant album - but I didn't like this film version at all. It looks fantastic - both the live action sequences lovingly shot by Alan Parker and the brilliant animated sections by Gerald Scarfe - but Roger Waters amateurish screenplay is an absolute disaster. It looks like Parker filmed a whole narrative story that was then chopped into pieces and thrown out, mostly seen in tiny fragments and almost entirely muted behind the music. Fans would argue this is to do with Pink's fragile state of mind, piecing together his life story through the perspective of his increasing insanity, but if that's the point, it just doesn't work. There's nothing to ever make you care about the character because you never see how or why he's famous, or what makes him tick other than his clear love of "The Dambusters". The fascist ideas are interesting but underdeveloped, the ending abrupt and incomplete. It's been interesting to read the general negativity of all involved in the making of it - Parker and Waters reportedly hated each other and the former has never had positive things to say about the final product, likening it to a hugely expensive student film. I'd have to agree.
11 years 4 months ago
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diegoivan

This is the result of Roger Water brilliance.. Live at Pompeii is another great movie that has nothing to do with The Wall.
12 years 1 month ago
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ucuruju

it is hilarious
10 months 1 week ago
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arunraj

comfortably numb!!!!!
13 years 3 months ago
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sandeyboy

No plot, no characters. Worst movie I've ever seen, and I like Pink Floyd.
2 years 11 months ago
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Pallium Invisibilitatem

Disturbing one .....other than that wrong list placement by iCM [Animation]
11 years 5 months ago
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Loud Rocks

cathedra wrote:
hugely overrated
What's so overrated about it?? I'd say even the opposite, it is one of the most underrated films ever, and I'm not saying it just because is my favourite movie (and band).

Try to listen the music first, and then watch the movie again. Maybe then you'll notice the true quality of the movie.
13 years 2 months ago
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iheardyousay

epic
13 years 2 months ago
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frankqb

Interesting perhaps, but I just don't like it. Sorry Floyd fans.
13 years 6 months ago
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Dieguito

This is the result of Roger Waters insanity.. I much prefer Live at Pompeii
12 years 6 months ago
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Joris B.

How is this overrated? It's on just two lists.
13 years ago
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maxdbn

Didn't like it. Pointless and disturbing.
11 years 3 months ago
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cathedra

hugely overrated
13 years 5 months ago
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