Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Reviewed on 2007 March 16
This is what you’d get if you put the legend of Faust and This Is Spinal Tap in a blender. It’s enjoyably ridiculous, and Jack Black and Kyle Glass charm their way through it. Sheer creativity goes a long way with me. Tarot-style cards as titles in a movie? Especially one that sneaks in a reference to the cult film Heavy Metal? How cool is that?
Lil’ JB (Troy Gentile) wants to pursue a career in rock music, to the horror of his stern father (great bit by Meat Loaf). The gawdz of rawk, i.e. a poster of Ronnie James Dio, tell him he must leave and seek his fortune Out West. He does. The adult JB (Black) wanders and wonders about his fate until he meets Kyle Glass, a man with guitar talent but no career… yet. They bond to form Tenacious D, and ambitious as they are, they realize need that extra edge to propel them to stardom. They need a talisman. They need… the Pick of Destiny! Unfortunately, knowledge is only half the battle here. Now they need to go get the thing.
This is a good Saturday night movie, with funny cameos by Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, and a very special guest appearance by David Grohl from the Foo Fighters. The D songs about their epic journey are hilarious. And I know I’m biased here, since I listen to a lot of Stones and Floyd and the like, but I think “Master Exploder” is better than a lot of the crap that’s on the radio today, even though it was done as a comedic bit.
Three chocolate morsels.