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LAFF Review: It Might Get Loud

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Jack White, Jimmy Page and The Edge. | Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Film Festival

As director Davis Guggenheim remarked in his comments prior to Friday night's LA Film Festival screening of his documentary It Might Get Loud, "I just wanted to make a film about the electric guitar." As rock gods Jack White and Jimmy Page (Jimmy Fucking Page!) confirmed after the screening during an audience Q & A, there really was no plan for the film other than to sit around and talk about music. The result of all this -- as Page might say -- is a tight but loose film about three men (The Edge being the third), their guitars and their music.

The film is told in four parts. Three episodes serve as a biography for each guitarist. We see archival footage of a thirteen year-old Jimmy Page playing skiffle on British TV with a dorky smile on his face. Shortly after he finishes, the show's host asks him what he wants to do when he grows up and Page shyly responds, "biological research" (which did happen from a certain perspective). His time as an ace session player is covered as is his brief possession of rock's Siege Perilous -- lead guitarist of The Yardbirds.