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  Publicity Stills of "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny"
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Genre: Comedy/Musical
Director: Liam Lynch
Cast: Jack Black (JB), Kyle Gass (KG), Ronnie James Dio (Himself), Paul F. Tompkins (Open Mic Host), Ben Stiller, Amy Poehler, Tim Robbins, David Koechner, Brittany Eldridge, Jason Reed (Lee), Michael Rivkin
RunTime: 1 hr 33 mins
Released By: Warner Bros
Rating: M18

Opening Day: 23 November 2006


Synopsis :

Jack Black (JB) and Kyle Gass (KG) have formed a band the likes of which has never been seen, and they called themselves Tenacious D. This film is not just a list of things that Jables and Rage Kage have done in the past, but it's also a chronicling of their rise to power.

Movie Review:

When you dare to call your band “The Greatest Rock Band of the World” and your movie “The Greatest Motion Picture of All Time”; it’s either you’ve got the guts to be so audacious or just plain brilliant.

Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny is surprisingly the combination of those two qualities and in Singapore which received little or no exposure to their TV series or albums, this is definitely a great jumping board to the world of The D (the nick name for Tenacious D).

All Great Movies come with a great plot and here’s one for the Oscar*! This is how Tenacious D got started. The first meeting between Jack Black (JB, the lyrical poet) and Kyle Gass (KG, the guitar maestro) that would eventually give birth to formation of the Greatest Rock Band in the World!

But before they could reach that attainment, they must first win the Open Mic Contest at the local pub and they must create the Greatest Rock Song ever to win the contest.

In the midst of brainstorming, they discover a common link between all the famous rock bands that has come before and it’s the devilish green guitar pick that all the Rock and Roll’s who’s who wielded it at least once in their career.

So it begun: the journey for the legendary devil’s pick and in many cases, it’s not the destination that matters but the journey itself. Almost everything that is infamously associated with rock and roll or heavy metal is presented in delightful twist: the Devil and its thirst for rock musician’s souls and the drugs binge.

It’s an entertaining journey and largely derived from Jack Black and Kyle Gass’s energized performance and their love for rock and roll is simply too infectious. Their band and this movie felt like an updated tribute to rock music in the most comedic elements.

Beside Jack Black and Kyle Gass’s wildly amusing performance, watch out for the special appearance by Ben Stiller (who is also the executive producer), Tim Robbins (who founded the Actor’s Gang that JB & KG are a part of during their college years), David Grohl (of Nirvana & Foo Fighters) and Meatloaf in an almost unrecognizable role as young JB’s dad.

The song selection in this movie was as promised by the trailers; they do knock your socks off. The amazing guitar riffs combined with ridiculous and hilarious lyrics will have you rocking and laughing at the same time. Now how many rockers dare to proclaim that they are able to do that? The urge to visit the nearest CD shop to get this movie’s soundtrack after leaving the theatre is simply overwhelming.

It’s crude, rude and extreme vulgar but it’s a whole lot of fun especially if you ever groove to heavy rock music before. Pretty much what most normal parents would have banned their kids from watching but if you over 18, you are in luck as Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny is shown in all their uncensored glories.

Movie Rating:

(Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny is worth selling your soul for! Reclaim them later)

Review by The Greatest Movie critic of all time, RJ

*If only this reviewer is the only member of the Academy Awards board


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