Ugliness has also been a consistent trait in Martin Scorsese's motion pictures, especially his gangster flicks from "Mean Streets" thru "Goodfellows" and "The Departed." Scorsese's movies have revealed the underbelly of a dark and sinister world. The sequences of violence are frequently punctuated by music from the 1960s and 1970s. Scorsese Best Oscar Picture winner; "The Departed," used the Rolling Stone's tune, "Gimme Shelter" as part of the promotional package.
It was destiny that Scorsese and the Rolling Stones would eventually collaborate on a documentary together. Keith Richards has been earning Thespian points for his portrayal as Captain Teague in the recent "Pirates at the Caribbean" film and Scorsese has earned musical kudos "The Last Waltz," a documentary about the last performance of "The Band," featuring guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond and Ringo Starr. This marriage of Scorsese and the Rolling Stones will be officiated by the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery 60 foot IMAX screen.
The IMAX experience enhances this routine concert documentary. From the opening chords of a Robert Johnson acoustic guitar rift to the final shot of the full moon over New York City , **The Rolling Stones Shine a Light** becomes a beautiful experience. It also helps that the ugly rock stars are generous onstage performers and allow their guests; Buddy Guy, Christina Aguilera to look so good.
Appearing nervous and befuddled, Martin Scorsese appears in the beginning and ending of "The Rolling Stones Shine A Light." One concern Scorsese has is a stage light that might fry Mick Jagger. At the conclusion of “Sympathy for the Devil,” Jagger announces that his “..butt is burning off,” a statement that has to do more with pyrotechnics than spiritual concerns. Scorsese also expresses distress over the song choices, which is not revealed until one hour before show time.
There are 19 songs in "Rolling Stones Shine A Light." “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Satisfaction” open and close the show, respectively. The first half of the concert features less popular songs. The Stones also pay homage to their influences of Motown, County and the Blues. The final third of "Rolling Stones Shine A Light" is only Rock ‘n Roll, but I liked it.
Ugly is as ugly does, the Rock ‘n Roll show is delayed by Bill Clinton introduction, with all the self importance of his 1988 Keynote address at the Democratic Convention. Yet "Rolling Stones Shine A Light" is a pleasurable experience enhanced by Martin Scorsese and the IMAX theatre at the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery. Mick Jagger, Ron Wood, drummer Charlie Watts and Keith Richards still rock without wheelchairs and ticket buyers should considering drinking from this fountain of youth.