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Quint's TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY review!!!

Published at: Nov. 15, 2006, 5:06 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with my thoughts on the TENACIOUS D flick: TENACIOUS D IN THE PICK OF DESTINY. To start off, I want to get my set visit stuff out of the way. I wrote a piece over a year ago after my visit to the set of this film. I've been a long, long time fan of The D and I jumped at the chance to visit the flick. I posted a part 1, which honestly was 90% of the visit. It had the main sequence shot described, with lots of song detail and the interview me and two other journalists did with Rage Cage and Jables. The main reason you didn't really see a Part 2 was there was very little left. There was a round table interview with Liam Lynch, director. It's a decent interview, but I didn't really say much in that one and felt my desire to transcribe other people's questions slip away. The only interesting part of Part Two was the fact that the filmmakers asked us to fill in background, so at one point in the movie you can see my wide self stroll down the Santa Monica beach area. I guess it's become an unwritten rule that I have to an obligatory cameo in any movie starring Jack Black... Anyway, you're caught up on that side of things. On to the movie. On a certain level, I had some major moments of the movie spoiled to me by seeing The D in concert where they performed 2 of the 3 best songs in the film: Kickapoo and Master Exploder. I saw the Katrina Benefit Concert they did in LA and their Comic-Con performance and have had these songs on heavy rotation on my iTunes. The other best song, Beezleboss, I was spared I think because of the reshoots the film was undergoing (hence the long delay from wrap to release). Also, at Comic-Con last year they played the first 5 minutes, which are great. The song, Kickapoo, plays like a rock opera over the beginnings, the origins of J.B. with some fantastic music cameos and the unbelievably talented Troy Gentile. I think Jack had himself cloned 12 years ago and this kid shares his DNA. He plays Young JB again (having first played the young version of Jack Black in NACHO LIBRE) and it's really creepy how much he looks like Kid Jack, with the mannerisms, eye-brow work, facial expressions and just overall Jack Blackness. This kid rocks. I hope he and Jack Black just walk around dressed in the same clothes, like a real life Mini-Me. When I saw the film in its entirety, I watched it with my regular group of friends who are all Tenacious D fans and another friend who didn't know one song and had no idea what to expect from the movie. The reactions afterwards is actually kind of interesting. Myself and my Tenacious D fan friends really liked the movie, laughing constantly throughout, but the guy who didn't know Tenacious D as a band at all fucking loved it. I think you'll see this film act as a gateway to Tenacious D's stuff. Of course, that was going to happen on some level no matter what, but I think it's going to be a much bigger hook than I expected it to be before. The film isn't perfect... anybody who has seen the HBO specials that introduced The D to most people will recognize many set pieces. They don't completely recreate these scenes, like they did in, say, RUN RONNIE RUN, but in most cases the HBO stuff was much funnier. It could very well be that the HBO stuff is more familiar to me, so I'm protective of it, but I liked the timing better. I think the D's debut album was gold from start to finish. It was one of those rare albums that didn't have a bad song on it. There aren't any bad songs, really, in the soundtrack, but there are some unmemorable songs. The good... this movie is Tenacious D all over, especially the fucking crazy-ass ending. I hope that if they do a sequel we'll get even more bizarre and hardcore, like the Butt-Baby short on the Tenacious D DVD, but there wasn't a long lull in laughs anywhere to be spotted. At least for me and the audience I saw the flick with. There are a ton of cameos, some great (John C. Reilly and Paul F. Tompkins and Dave Grohl and Tim Robbins playing the even crazier Russian version of his character in WAR OF THE WORLDS... maybe not officially, but that's how I saw it). Overall the companionship of Kyle Gass and Jack Black is a strong backbone and I hope their relationship lasts for decades more. I'd love to see more Tenacious D movies, with them in different scenarios, going batshit insane. Not to mention the albums. I want more music! That's my take... one of a hardcore D fan. My little brother has seen it twice now... once at the super early screening and one at the last press screening that I missed and he has taken his high school-aged group and they all freaked out over it. Myself, I'm looking forward to seeing it again. I've got the soundtrack going at the moment and I don't think it'll be pushed aside for a little while yet. -Quint quint@aintitcool.com



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  • Nov. 15, 2006, 12:38 p.m. CST

    thirty second!

    by samsquanch

    just trying to off-set the shame of posting first and tbeing like, third or something.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 12:44 p.m. CST

    Dstrbo1 you slag

    by NachoNegro

    There's really no chance to be first without the RSS feed is there.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 12:58 p.m. CST

    its going to bomb

    by jonboy83

    people will go see borat over this. the will ferrelll movie looks god awful though so this might be a 2nd choice. prediction... 1)borat $19 mil 2)pick of destiny $11 mil 3)will ferrell movie $4 mil

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Sorry haters!

    by DerLanghaarige

    The D fucking ROOOOOOOOOOOOCKS!!!!!

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 1:06 p.m. CST

    A little bias methinks...

    by tile_mcgillus

    FUCK IT ! I LOVE ME THE D BABY! I'm there with bells on. Rage Cage and Jaybles are the bees-knees!

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 1:09 p.m. CST

    That's what I thought

    by michyfergi5

    JB and KG will have fans no matter what, and I can see this bringing in a lot more. I can't wait to see it!!

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Why even review it?

    by DonkeyTron

    Why not just cut out the middle man and get the producers to review the films from now on instead of life-long, die-hard, set-visiting fans with the utmost integrity to really be honest about the quality of a film they've planned their whole life around for the last 2 years. Good job, AICN. Keep it up.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 1:57 p.m. CST

    Only chumps and suckers don't love The D

    by slone13

    Tis true. See you in hell, assholes.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 2:03 p.m. CST

    hope its good

    by werideatdusk

    the trailer sucked ass.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 2:23 p.m. CST

    What the shit...

    by dromens

    Okay, so this a better review, but I don't get the unconditional love of people who haven't seen this yet. I've read other reviews that Jack has actually toned down his Tenacious D character and is less Jack Blacky in a role where he is Jack Black than he is in movies where is not. What!? Frankly, the trailer sucked. I'm sure I'll at least like it as I find both guys genuinely funny and enjoy this kind of movie. I would, however, like to see at least one talk back where some idiot doesn't call a reviewer a retard or a hater, when said review has actually seen a movie, and the talkbacker is just some idiot who can't come to terms with the idea that Jack Black's schtick may not be up to par. They are the same people who go to a Jack Black movie expecting him to be manic and are disappointed when he is actually acting.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 2:33 p.m. CST

    The D

    by damned-dirty-ape

    I really hope this movie will rock your fuckin socks off. You can't really judge anything by the trailer as those scenes are probably the only parts of the film without the word 'fuck' in it. Oh and MCMLXXVI, It's not funny anymore. Hasn't been for a while. Give it a rest.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Quint, . . . <---- these are not commas

    by davida4348

    and "laughing constantly throughout" is redundantly redundant. However, if I too laugh constantly throughout, I'll forgive you.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 2:46 p.m. CST

    RIGHT

    by longshot7

    Yes, you got it right. I knew next to nothing about the D before this movie and loved it!!! Massa-whateverhisnameis doesn't know shit.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 3:08 p.m. CST

    COCKASS

    by WolfmanNards

    Having already heard all the good songs, the soundtrack didnt impress, or surprise me much. It was lacking in the little sketches that were in the first album. I think it would have been a lot better if it had some skits in between the songs. Theres a few good songs, but not many. I think it could have been much better considering all of the great bootleg stuff thats out there that has never been commited to an album.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    BEST MOVIE EVER

    by Leafy McPlantsalot

    I saw this flick last week and think it's the best movie ever.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 3:24 p.m. CST

    It's Just Harmless Fun

    by poutineman

    I don't think Jack Black takes any of this too seriously so I'm not, either. It seems like just a fun movie about a band that's continuing to have a few laughs while they can. Rock on.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 3:31 p.m. CST

    I don't know

    by Poacher

    I'm a big D fan from way back as well, but I just feel like they're being reeled in with this movie. The skits on the DVD seem to be pure D, while the HBO show and this movie are more for mass consumption, which might not even be possible for these guys.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 3:44 p.m. CST

    This movie was a labor of love...

    by El Scorcho

    Read the interview from Moviehole... Jack and Kyle took very little money for this on the front end. They only make a ton if the movie does well. The soundtrack underwhelmed me, but I will still be there next Wednesday, and seeing them live 2 days later.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 3:56 p.m. CST

    Contrasting the D album and School of Rock...

    by biggles2_22

    That's pretty much the feeling I get when listening to the soundtrack for this movie. The tunes are definitely D, but kinda...eh. I get no "splooge" effect from the new tunes which is a big disappointment. It's somewhere between the fucking kick-ass first album and sugary sweetness of School of Rock. This from a fan who owns a D Cum Rag.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 4:54 p.m. CST

    This shit is not funny

    by DARTH VOODOO

    Overrated

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Umm...on an unrelated note

    by skycrapper

    Has anyone else besides Dark Horizons reported that MGM has contacted Peter Jackson about doing two Hobbit movies? Thought this was worth asking cause I think this is pretty big news.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 5:11 p.m. CST

    skycrapper

    by QuinnTheEskimo

    IGN reported it at least a week ago.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 5:50 p.m. CST

    Only a very small group will check this out...

    by alienindisguise

    so I hope Black and Gass didn't go into this expecting to see a dollar cuz they won't. Yeah, the trailer was one of the worst I've seen in recent memory. When I first heard about this like last year, I was hyped that it would be a totally over the top epic kinda comedy but I guess I was wrong.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Goo goo galeep galiddle Wakatiki watcha Woo Derker didi

    by Pipple

    Translation: Jack black rules.

  • Nov. 15, 2006, 7:50 p.m. CST

    Where was John C Reilly?

    by BitterMan23

    I dont recall him being in there.

  • Nov. 16, 2006, 9:08 a.m. CST

    PLAAAANNNNTTT!!!!!

    by grendelson138

    THIS GUY IS TEH PLANNNNNNTTTT!!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 18, 2006, 12:30 a.m. CST

    93 minutes is a loooong time

    by Willie Conway

    Saw it this afternoon. A few funny moments, mostly delivered by Kyle, but overall it sucks. And I even like JB.

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