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Monday, October 5, 2015
I was up to my eyeballs in family activities this weekend, but that was not the only reason for this classic review. David Gilmour released his latest solo album in September and Roger Waters will be releasing a Blu-Ray of one of his Wall concerts in November. If there ever was a perfect time to review "Pink Floyd: The Wall," this is it.

What is it that makes "Pink Floyd: The Wall" a classic? It is a movie that combines some of the greatest rock music ever written with bizarre animated sequences and even more bizarre live action parts. There are lots of movies that do that, so what makes "Pink Floyd: The Wall" stand out?

There are two reasons why "Pink Floyd: The Wall" stands as one of the greatest rock movies of all-time. First is its accessibility to anyone who watches it. Despite the bizarre nature of the images in the movie, it is easy to understand and follow the story as it moves along. Many Pink Floyd fans credit the movie with making the underlying story of the album easier to understand. The movie also has additional songs that the original studio album does not have, which is always a bonus.

The second reason this movie is so effective is that it benefits from Pink Floyd’s ability to connect with its audience on an emotional level. The music and the lyrics of Pink Floyd work together to bring you into the story and they never let you leave. You can identify with many parts of what Pink Floyd: The Wall has to say, and you may even feel like the lead character from the movie (his name, oddly enough, is Pink Floyd) from time to time. But mostly, you just have this feeling that the band knows what you are going through and this story is one you can relate to.

The emotional effect of Pink Floyd’s music is something that sneaks up on you and does not let you go. The Wall tells a story, but it uses brooding and intense music that acts as much more than just a backdrop. The music in Pink Floyd: The Wall is the foundation on which the movie is built. There is no story without the music, and there is no classic status without all of the elements working together.

The movie, in many ways, offers so much more than the studio album. After watching the movie when it was first released, I could not help but feel like the studio album was woefully incomplete. It wasn’t just the fact that there are more songs in the movie than on the studio album, it is how much fuller the story feels with that extra music.

After seeing the film, you really do feel like you are missing something when you listen to the studio album. It is that feeling of closure you get with The Wall’s story in the movie that really helps the movie to reach classic status.

Could the movie have been better? Of course, any movie can be improved. The movie has this feeling of being all over the place with flashbacks inside of fast-forwards inside of more flashbacks. The animated segments seem to have absolutely nothing to do with the live action scenes, which makes the movie even more confusing. But once this movie takes a hold of you, it never lets you go. That is the sign of a true classic, and that is only one reason why "Pink Floyd: The Wall" is a movie that will live on from generation to generation.

Rating: 4 ½ out of 5

+George N Root III is a drive-in fanatic and avid Pink Floyd fan. Follow him on Twitter @georgenroot3 or send him a message at georgenroot3@gmail.com. Join the conversation on this movie and others at https://www.facebook.com/enpatthedrivein.



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