Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock

The new comedy from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee. A 1969-set true story about Elliot Tiber (played by great stand-up comedian Demetri Martin, see him here) who inadvertently played a pivotal role in making Woodstock the famed happening it was.

Working as an interior designer in Greenwich Village, Tiber felt empowered by the gay rights movement. But he was also still staked to the family business – a motel in up-state New York. After hearing that a concert had lost its permit from a neighboring town, Tiber called producer Michael Lang (Jonathan Groff) at Woodstock Ventures to offer his motel. Soon the Woodstock staff was moving into the El Monaco, half a million people were on their way to Tiber’s neighbour’s (Eugene Levy) farm and Tiber found himself swept up in a generation-defining experience that would change his life, and American culture, forever.

2009Rating: R16, contains nudity, drug use and offensive language110 minsUSA
ComedyMusicTrue Story & BiographyHistorical
Director:
Ang Lee ('Brokeback Mountain', 'Lust, Caution', 'Hulk', 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon', 'The Ice Storm')
Writer:
James Schamus
Cast:
Demetri MartinLiev SchreiberJeffrey Dean MorganEmile HirschPaul DanoImelda StauntonEugene LevyJonathan Groff
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Gentle, genial and about as memorable as a mild reefer high, “Taking Woodstock” takes a backdoor approach to revisit the landmark musical weekend through the antics and efforts of some of the people who made it happen.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

One thing is for sure, life could never be the same after Woodstock. Ang Lee's film is a hypnotic carpet ride that allows us to understand that - close up and from afar.

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Newshub

Newshub

press

A very average movie set against the backdrop of one of music’s most important events of all time. Elliot’s story just isn’t as interesting as everything else going on. If you’re interested in Woodstock, I’d recommend the fantastic doco Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace & Music.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The name Woodstock evokes so many themes in the mind from the 1960s counterculture to the explosion of youth music and sexual liberation. Yet Ang Lee's new film "Taking Woodstock" runs counter to any expectations that a world-class director would plumb the meaning of this transforming event. Instead Lee delivers an entertaining light comedy about a real-life person who somewhat inadvertently helped the whole iconic concert to take place.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

If you're after a definitive reimagining of the legendary festival, this isn't it. Taking Woodstock is a little hippy, and a little trippy, but for a film based on a supposedly mind-blowing event, it falls well short.

3.0
0

Not bad, but not great

This is a somewhat interesting story that at the end of it you sort of feel like uve missed something. oh yeah the actual concert. Yea there were some good moments in there. It was kind of like expecting carmello ice cream and just getting vanilla

2.0
0

Woodstock? Not really

Nice story about a boy and his parents learning to find their own way in the world. . . Woodstock seemed to be a part of this movie but not the part that I wanted it to be. Missed the music and felt manipulated when they showed us the stage from an acid haze! Really? Was that as close as we could get? Sorry, was pretty under-whelmed!

2.0
0

Would see again

This is a great backdoor to Woodstock and really, really funny. Music festivals I'm sure are pretty much like this from whoa to go. Lovely view of the world

5.0
0

Yay

Great movie quite funny

1.0
0

I loved it

I liked the style of the movie, as it seemed to express the feeling of people at the time but without getting too heavy. There were a couple of really funny bits.

4.0
0

It'll be beautiful

A lovely easy going story ... one of those personal journey ones. More about personally taking stock - with the festival as the surround, rather than a full Woodstock focus. Funny, playful, relaxed, great music, good times, recommended by me.

4.0
0

OMG!!

This movie was one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time. I am glad I didn't pay to see it because I would have been really angry. I will not be reccommending it to anyone. Very disappointing!

1.0
0

Review

0

good film !

good film, funny and keep ur eyes on the screen :)

4.0
0

Review

I agree that it could have done with more of the actual woodstock music and concert shown in the movie. But i did enjoy it.

3.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Gentle, genial and about as memorable as a mild reefer high, “Taking Woodstock” takes a backdoor approach to revisit the landmark musical weekend through the antics and efforts of some of the people who made it happen.

0
Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

press

One thing is for sure, life could never be the same after Woodstock. Ang Lee's film is a hypnotic carpet ride that allows us to understand that - close up and from afar.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

A very average movie set against the backdrop of one of music’s most important events of all time. Elliot’s story just isn’t as interesting as everything else going on. If you’re interested in Woodstock, I’d recommend the fantastic doco Woodstock, 3 Days of Peace & Music.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

The name Woodstock evokes so many themes in the mind from the 1960s counterculture to the explosion of youth music and sexual liberation. Yet Ang Lee's new film "Taking Woodstock" runs counter to any expectations that a world-class director would plumb the meaning of this transforming event. Instead Lee delivers an entertaining light comedy about a real-life person who somewhat inadvertently helped the whole iconic concert to take place.

0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

If you're after a definitive reimagining of the legendary festival, this isn't it. Taking Woodstock is a little hippy, and a little trippy, but for a film based on a supposedly mind-blowing event, it falls well short.

3.0
0

Not bad, but not great

This is a somewhat interesting story that at the end of it you sort of feel like uve missed something. oh yeah the actual concert. Yea there were some good moments in there. It was kind of like expecting carmello ice cream and just getting vanilla

2.0
0

Woodstock? Not really

Nice story about a boy and his parents learning to find their own way in the world. . . Woodstock seemed to be a part of this movie but not the part that I wanted it to be. Missed the music and felt manipulated when they showed us the stage from an acid haze! Really? Was that as close as we could get? Sorry, was pretty under-whelmed!

2.0
0

Would see again

This is a great backdoor to Woodstock and really, really funny. Music festivals I'm sure are pretty much like this from whoa to go. Lovely view of the world

5.0
0

Yay

Great movie quite funny

1.0
0

I loved it

I liked the style of the movie, as it seemed to express the feeling of people at the time but without getting too heavy. There were a couple of really funny bits.

4.0
0

It'll be beautiful

A lovely easy going story ... one of those personal journey ones. More about personally taking stock - with the festival as the surround, rather than a full Woodstock focus. Funny, playful, relaxed, great music, good times, recommended by me.

4.0
0

OMG!!

This movie was one of the worst movies I have seen in a long time. I am glad I didn't pay to see it because I would have been really angry. I will not be reccommending it to anyone. Very disappointing!

1.0
0

Review

0

good film !

good film, funny and keep ur eyes on the screen :)

4.0
0

Review

I agree that it could have done with more of the actual woodstock music and concert shown in the movie. But i did enjoy it.

3.0
0