The only thing shocking about Cameron Crowe directing a music documentary about Pearl Jam, is that it’s not about Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Wait? What? He already did that? Pearl Jam it is then! Crowe’s third foray into the music doc arena (joining his Petty film Playback and this year’s Elton John and Leon Russell-centric The Union), Pearl Jam Twenty, looks to feature all the stuff we think comes with the rock n’ roll lifestyle: bad fashion, smelly vans, experimental music videos, a lot of crowd surfing, and David Lynch interviewing Eddie Vedder. All rock bands hang with David Lynch, didn’t you know that?
Put together from over 1,200 hours, per the band’s own admission, Twenty is “told in big themes and bold colors with blistering sound.” And, again, David Lynch conducting interviews with Eddie Vedder. Lynch aside, Crowe is a notorious music lover and scholar and has surely crafted a film that will speak to any music fan, not just Pearl Jam-specific fans. His feature films place heavy emphasis on their soundtracks (heck, even his least-liked feature Elizabethtown had a two-album soundtrack to drive it along), so Twenty should be a pretty fantastic entry into his resume. If not, strobe lights, guys!
The film will have its world premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which is probably an environment more conducive to head-banging than say Sundance (too much danger of knitted beanies flying off heads). Check out the trailer after the break:
Would you see it?