The Chemical Brothers’ concert film Don’t Think has been on my Amazon wish list for a while because all the reviews of it in magazines and newspapers said that it was awesome and the closest you will get to actually being at a show without actually being at a show. Tonight it was shown on the TV, on Sky Arts. Not sure if it was the whole thing or not, but it was nearly two hours long and not the one-hour edit that a lot of concert films get when shown on the box.
It was everything the critics said, but also it was disappointing because while it may be as close as you can get to the experience of seeing the Chemical Brothers live it really doesn’t have anywhere near the impact. Maybe it would have been better if I had whacked the TV up to neighbour-shredding levels and had a much larger screen.
What I remember of the show at the Alexandra Palace is a relentless wall of sound coupled with a relentless wall of light. I have seen Metallica, Thin Lizzy and assorted punk bands but the Chemical Brothers is the loudest act I have ever heard and possibly the best light show I have seen – and I have seen Jean-Michel Jarre, Kraftwerk and Pink Floyd.
The film probably does as well as any film could but maybe it is one of those films you really do need to see in a cinema.