Martin Scorsese’s “Shine a Light” accomplishes two remarkable things: it reaffirms (yet again) my love of Scorsese as the GREATEST AMERICAN DIRECTOR ALIVE(!) and…makes me love the Rolling Stones(!!!).
I was not a particular fan of the Stones going into Scorsese’s new documentary/concert film, shot over two days as a benefit for the Clinton Foundation at the Beacon Theater in October of 2006 (around the time his Oscar winning “The Departed” was released), but I am now.
From the opening explosion that is “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” through many slower or lesser known works, culminating with such hits as “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Satisfaction,” Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood are at the top of their game!
Seeing the film in IMAX at a nearby theater, I was blown away (literally) by the sound levels and the amazing cinematography by Robert Richardson (he oversees 9 Oscar winning and/or nominated cinematographers operating the cameras including Ellen Kuras, Robert Elswit, Stuart Drysburgh, etc.). This film makes you feel like you’re not only at this concert two years hence, but that you’re ON STAGE WITH THE ROLLING FRICKIN’ STONES!
This film is not only an ecstatic reconfirmation of the vitality (and energy) of the Stones, but it’s just a rocking good time!