6 comments on “Pink Floyd – The Wall

  1. This is, to the best of my memory, the only movie I’ve ever walked out on. I think it was supposed to be portraying and commenting on what an awful person this guy was, and why, but it just felt like wallowing.

    I always remember that, about halfway through the movie, my then-wife and I just turned, looked at each other, and got up and walked out. We didn’t even have to say anything.

    • I’ve only left in the middle of one movie (Kick Ass)…but it wasn’t in a theater so, not as dramatic. The first time I saw this film, I was kinda turned off by it and creeped out. It doesn’t give me any warm fuzzy feelings, but I find it fascinating and strangely beautiful. Have you ever given it another chance?

      • Interesting coincidence, since I’m planning to see Kick-Ass 2 tomorrow. 🙂

        I think sometimes specific movies just hit us, positively or negatively, on a real gut level. I think that’s probably pretty rare, at least for most of us, but it does happen. I’m prepared to defend Moonrise Kingdom as a really good movie, for example, but my feelings about it go beyond anything that could be explained in words. Let the Right One In is another example.

        I’ve never tried to see The Wall again. I expect my reaction would be the same, no matter what I thought about it intellectually. But, of course, some decades have passed, so who knows?

        I don’t have really high hopes for KA2, but I did really like the first one. Which I know a lot of people had a negative reaction to (Roger Ebert, for example).

  2. I think it helps to be either a devoted fan of the music of Pink Floyd and Roger Waters, or to be seriously intoxicated when watching “The Wall”. I was the former, and The Wall was maybe the first movie I ever watched on a 70mm print in a THX equipped theatre. That was a mind-blowing experience. Alan Parker was such a great director at the time, the music powerful and entrancing, and even Bob Geldorf’s limited appearance in the film was bearable. As you wrote, the most memorable sequences are Gerald Scarfe’s animations. This is a psychedelic trip that perfectly matches the album’s music, and one of the few examples for a film based on an album where the film is maybe the more definitive version in retrospect. I love that film – and can understand everybody who doesn’t 🙂

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