This $12 million production is not a concert film but an eye-popping dramatization of an audio storyline. Being a visual translation of a so-called ‘concept’ album, pic works extremely well in carrying over the somber tone of the LP.
The music is the core of the film, vocals subbing for the usual film dialog. But there’s little need for dialog, since the visual treats offered by animation director Gerald Scarfe and photography director Peter Biziou tell the story.
Story centers around a frustrated, burned-out but successful rock star (Pink) who is near-suicidal and on the verge of insanity. His wife has left him for another man because of the interminable amount of time Pink spends on the road. When he contacts her by telephone, only to have the other man answer, his self-destruct mechanism begins its slow burn.
Powerful performance of Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldof as Pink works to the pic’s overall believability, despite its fantasy aura.