Thursday, April 08, 2010

30 For 30 Review: The Band That Wouldn't Die

My thoughts:
- Does Barry Levinson listen to the music before he approves it? The ultra-serious piano music is about as out of place as possible. It sounds like something you'd hear in a retrospective about an assassinated president. Which might be the point, but, sheesh, it's called perspective.

- It's interesting how the issue of Modell's equally sleazy move of the team from Cleveland to Baltimore is basically given a "meh" by Levinson, with only a token nod.

- If the fight song is so key to the Baltimore identity, why don't we hear the whole thing?

- I also was annoyed that this wasn't seen as the first of string of similar NFL moves in the 80s and 90s -- instead it's treated as a tragic, isolated incident. Um, no. The NFL shit on a lot of cities. Houston, Cleveland, etc. Notice that I didn't say LA. They never really supported a team and the NFL needs them as a threat to get new stadia built.

Overall? I'd give it 2.5 stars -- boring & far too self-absorbed, though it gets an extra half-star because the president of the band kind of looks my man, Big Dave.

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