Taking Woodstock (2009) 720p YIFY Movie

Taking Woodstock (2009)

Taking Woodstock is a movie starring Demetri Martin, Henry Goodman, and Edward Hibbert. A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.

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  • Genre: Biography | Comedy
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 1.46G
  • Resolution: / fps
  • Language: English
  • Run Time: 120
  • IMDB Rating: 6.7/10 
  • MPR: Normal
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The Synopsis for Taking Woodstock (2009) 720p

A man working at his parents' motel in the Catskills inadvertently sets in motion the generation-defining concert in the summer of 1969.


The Director and Players for Taking Woodstock (2009) 720p

[Director]Ang Lee
[Role:]Edward Hibbert
[Role:]Demetri Martin
[Role:]Henry Goodman
[Role:]Imelda Staunton


The Reviews for Taking Woodstock (2009) 720p


Ang Lee Nails It!Reviewed bybobt145Vote: 9/10

If you want to have a real sense of the concert and the mass of young people who attended, as a crowd, by all means check out "Woodstock" from 1970. It's all there, the music, the rain and mud, the buzz on the soundtrack replicating the buzz on the sound system at Yasgur's Farm.

But if you want to get a feeling of what Woodstock meant on a personal level, then Ang Lee's your man and you've come to the right place.

How Lee managed to film this recreation without using real footage, I have no idea. That's apparently what he did.

There in a number of shots is the hillside, mud and slop, with the stage below. The few food stands and portable johns at the top of the hill. The winding pathways through the side venues of jewelry, art, a class for this and a political table for that. The long narrow road that still leads off of New York State Route 17B to the Yasgur hillside where it happened.

It rained a lot, but there was sun, this was mid-August and Lee bathes us in the warm glow of peace. Especially true to the event as I remember, the state cop who returns a peace gesture, the locals making sandwiches and offering water from hoses.

Everyone who was there and lucid has a personal remembrance. Mine began on Friday evening with air mattresses not more than 50 feet from the stage and ended with the sacrifice of a blanket abandoned on the mudslide the hill had become by early Sunday morning. In between, I managed to shuttle down state route 55 and into New Jersey the back way, after the music ended Friday night, Saturday morning. Then back from New Jersey up the same road and finally ending about two miles the other side of the concert where the vehicle stayed untouched until it was reclaimed near dawn on Sunday.

By that time, all though I'd only had a few generous puffs of weed, freely offered by those who had some, I was hearing double and it was time to pack it in.

Yes, the brown acid warnings from Chip Monck (name?), the event "voice" echo'd in the acid trip of Demetri Martin, the young son who blunders into inviting the event to White Lake. The colors and details are incredible as seen from his eyes, slowly beginning to shift and then expanding until the hillside is undulating in waves around the lit stage below. A remarkable shot.

Martin won't win any academy awards; Imelda Staunton might for her portrayal of his paranoid Jewish mother who has hidden a fortune while her rundown motel is nearing foreclosure. And an honorable mention should go to Liev Schreiber as the cross-dressing former Marine who provides security at the motel.

Stereotypes? Sure. Few hippies ever were as mentally vacant as the Earthlite players. Did anyone buy Emile Hirsch's early post-Vietnam anguish? Fortunately, it was left on the doorstep of the main film and Hirsch's character later rings true. Just a high school buddy come home.

But see the film for its personal feel, very true to the event. The wish that Dylan would arrive. The helicopter flights to the medical tent. (only a small number of half-a-million needed any treatment at all.) The question, what about the boys in Vietnam. As one girl says on 17B, "Wish they were here." I was back just a little more than a week. Went with an Army buddy I'd never see again. Yet no one gave us grief for our short hair, mandatory to get out of Vietnam.

The music? Well, Arthur Lee and Love are the perfect accompaniment to the acid trip inside the bus (they never played at the festival.) When the early strains of Friday night's music begin to waft over an idyllic lake where dozens of kids bathe nude, it's Arlo Guthrie and I caught myself thinking, damn, it was dark when Guthrie appeared. But that was forty years ago and the memory can't be trusted.

Just the personal feeling. And despite some of the weaknesses in the subplot, Ang Lee did get the feeling right.

For the personal memories, he absolutely nailed it!

Ang Lee can't do comedyReviewed byrbnnVote: 3/10

Film describes preparations for and effect of Woodstock on small family-owned motel in the small town where the concert occurred. Ang Lee's trademark deliberate, careful editing and framing and nuanced character study of the lead very evident here, similar to Ice Storm in that respect. Plot and characters were interesting.

Film anchored by excellent, understated performance by the lead, the son of the motel owners, Demetri Martin as Elliot Teichberg. Jonathan Groff was was charismatic and memorable as the serene promoter Michael Lang, and Eugene Levy was entertaining job as a nearby crafty landowner.

With all of the great things about this film - the plot, the main character, some excellent performances - why am I only giving it three stars? Why would this not be something like Almost Famous meets Best In Show (both marvelous films).

It's a bad film because it was ruined by horrendous performances by many of the supporting actors.

Imelda Staunton gave the worst rendition of a parody of a Jewish mother I have ever seen. It was like watching a high-school drama student act out a stereotype on Saturday Night Live or something.

Henry Goodman overacted, although not quite as badly as did Staunton, in a mediocre performance as the father.

And Emile Hirsch was preposterous and irritating as a trouble Vietnam vet.

An unnecessary side plot involving a theater troupe who - this is getting redundant - also overacted dragged down the film further.

So basically, Lee was just making the classic mistake of poor comedy directors, confusing silliness and excess with humor. The horrific group of performances, intended to seem zany but in fact just unpleasant to watch, spoilt the film.

Enjoyable but music is missingReviewed byyris2002Vote: 7/10

I saw this movie being very attracted by the trailer which seemed to offer fun and deep involvement. Now I have seen it, and I can say that it is enjoyable, but not fully convincing. Obviously, Ang Lee drifts attention from the concerts and the music of those three epic days in 1969 to focus on the personal story of a young man and his odd family who worked and lived in the background of this great event. The characters are engaging, very well interpreted, but in the end I missed the real protagonist, music, being it the powerful means through which these young people gave voice to their need for change and revolution and which was revolutionary, indeed. The atmosphere of those days is rendered vividly, we get many physical perceptions, of naked bodies, mud, rain, sun, but not acoustic ones, and I perceived this as a flaw throughout the movie. In the end you ask yourself: wasn't Woodstock mainly a three-day concert? Where is music? The movie is solidly directed, the director knows perfectly what kind of product he wants to offer, and in the end we get fun and reflection around, but never inside an event, which never comes to be explicit. Very good actorial interpretations (Imelda Staunton playing the mother is simply wonderful), although the characters themselves appear to be looking for a soundtrack which lacks till the end.

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