Great World of Sound **
Directed by Craig Zobel
Written by Craig Zobel and George Smith
Not Rated-Language, Sexual References
"Great World of Sound" is an ambitious little film, and certainly one that has a unique style and an interesting method of film making-which I'll get to later. But as a two hour film it lacks in anything interesting at all, meandering for the first eighty five minutes before finally diving to a point in the last twenty. Telling the story of a Martin (Pat Healy) who ends up getting a job as a record producer. Partnered with black and loud Clarence, the two quickly become the top music salemen at the company Great World of Sound (GWS), until Martin begins to get suspicious of the methods. Before they sign clients the client must pay them a certain fee and the money goes to a GWS, which is also the intials of the owner-which is way off from the truth. And Martin's ethnics kick in when he actually comes across people who are talented.
"Great World of Sound" has many many scenes of the two men giving potential clients rehersals, and it is here where the film looses me. The director told us after the film at a brief Q and A that actual ads were placed in the paper looking for people to reherse for a music producer, when really they were being filmed and then asked if they wanted to be in the movie. Much of what Pat Healy and actor Kene Holliday say during these rehersals and the takes after were actually off the top of their heads to go along with the little deception. But these scenes are so repetive, and over and over again I am forced to watch these talentless musicians play where the jokes begin to stop being funny. Had "Great World of Sound" been a quick eighty minute piece I would not have minded, but this film goes on for almost two hours. Pat Healy and Kene Holliday do work extremely well together, and which Healy is good it is Holliday that always managed to make me laugh. He steals every scene he's in just with his body language-trying to be big and mighty when he really does not have much power at all. There is no real point or moral until well into the third act, where Martin begins to feel guilty about the whole scam. But for the most part this doesn't know what it wants to really be, and meshes documentary, stardard indie comedy, drama, and finally a little stab at music satire, but it ends up failing at about half of those. "Great World of Sound," according to the director, is coming out on September 28th at the Angelika Film Center, distributed by Magnolia. Personally, this is a great candiiate for Magnolia's thing with releasing the film Friday in theatres, Friday on HDNET, and Tuesday on DVD, unlike little gems like "Fay Grim" which actually bring consistant entertainment to the screen. This is an interesting little work, but not enough to justify it being as long and often dull as it is.