Brit docu "Love Story" is a behind-the-music history of the Los Angeles-based '60s psychedelic beat combo Love, whose cult following has mushroomed in recent years. Consequent lack of drama will keep "Love Story" from courting auds beyond the band's existing fan base and music-doc addicts.
Brit docu “Love Story” is a behind-the-music history of the Los Angeles-based ’60s psychedelic beat combo Love, which is reputedly American pop’s first racially integrated act of note, whose cult following has mushroomed in recent years. Debutant co-helmers Mike Kerry and Chris Hall coax frank, even sometimes bitter and bitchy, responses from Love’s members, but the emphasis is mostly on the music rather than rock ‘n’ roll high life. Consequent lack of drama will keep “Love Story” from courting auds beyond the band’s existing fan base and music-doc addicts.
Love’s story is told chronologically through a patchwork of talking-head interviews, especially with charismatic frontman Arthur Lee, who walks the filmmakers through the huge Hollywood mansion where they all lived at one point. Love’s heyday from the early ’60s to 1967 when they cut their great third album “Forever Changes,” occupies the bulk of docu’s running time. Less attention is paid to how it all went wrong, although heroin addiction for most of the members and Lee’s reluctance to tour (unlike their friends The Doors) are cited as two reasons. Tech credits are serviceable but not inspired.