Rock operas. What are they and what do they want from us? First part of the question is easy – they’re albums or movies told in the form of song — although an album is generally considered a concept work (at least that is my interpretation of them). I’m not entirely sure what the answer to the second part of the question is. A movie like “Tommy” inspires, a movie like “The Wall” tends to cause one to challenge their beliefs, a movie like Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny (I’m stretching the rock opera meaning a bit) just makes a person wonder. Wonder aloud ‘What the fuck was I thinking when I decided to see this?‘ And yes, I wondered it very loudly.
Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny is simply one of those movies that absolutely did not have to be made. What the fuck was Jack Black thinking? Was it something along the lines of ‘I’m bored, why not throw some shit on the wall about my worthless side project band and see if anyone will actually pay for it?’ Surely, he sure as hell doesn’t need the spending cash (I do, however, so donations are most welcomed). I’m even more confused as to why some douchebag producer would finance a movie like this — if this movie makes any money I’ll learn to fart the “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
Now while the entire movie is a farce, a few bright moments can be claimed from the refuse. Although, in my eyes, Tenacious D is not particularly talented, I was impressed with the rapport between Jack Black and Kyle Gass. These two ugly, fat guys play well off of one another. There are also some great cameos in Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny. Ben Stiller as the clerk in the guitar store, once again, proves he is damned near a comic genius. The best cameo however comes from an unexpected source — Tim Robbins! He plays this whacked out, crippled, freak who hilariously tries to get the same cursed guitar pick as our quasi-heroes. Some classic dialogue in his scenes.
Those few positives aren’t nearly enough to keep this shit boat afloat though. Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny simply doesn’t offer nearly enough to:
a) Interest movie goers to flock to the theaters
b) Keep anyone’s interest if they do go
c) Stop anyone who lost interest to try and get their money back