LOVE LOSS AND ROCK AND ROLL
When “Band Aid” opened with a young couple screaming obsentities at each other, I thought, ‘oh no, this is going to be awful,’ but it wasn’t. “Band Aid” is quirky, fun and I liked it. It has some really funny moments and some very dramatic moments too.
“Band Aid” is the story of a young couple, Anna and Ben, who can’t stop fighting. Advised by their therapist to try and work through their grief unconventionally. While cleaning their garage, they find the guitars Ben played in High School and turn their fight into a song. In a last-ditch effort to save their marriage, they decide, with the help of their neighbor, to start a band.
The film is written, directed and stars Zoe Lister-Jones. Her co-star Adam Pally plays Ben. They are joined by Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live fame who plays their very strange neighbor Dave who joins the band as a drummer.
I loved the music although I had trouble with Lister-Jones voice; she wasn’t the best singer I’ve ever heard or even close. Also, I had trouble hearing the words she was singing. Armisen is terrific on the drums.
I saw several older people leave the theater early-on because of all the F-bombs that were being screamed at the top of their lungs. Also, there are some nudity and sex scenes.
Only one hour and 31 minutes, “Band Aid” does not drag. It moves at a nice pace and there are enough one-liners to satisfy the audience.
“Band Aid” is not a big budget film. That becomes patently clear from the editing, cinematography and sound mix but that being said. I enjoyed this film. It is cleaver and funny. If you can overlook the bad language, I think people will enjoy “Band Aid.” As I was leaving the theater, I heard several people say that they enjoyed the film as did the three film critics in the audience.
This is only being shown at the Tivoli.