“ This Is Spinal Tap ” is a so-called mockumentary, i.e. a documentary that only appears to be one and is instead a fictional film. And director Rob Reiner («Harry and Sally») did a good job in two respects:
Legendary is the anecdote that when “This Is Spinal Tap” hit theaters back in 1984, most of the audience didn’t understand that the mockumentary wasn’t about a real rock band, but instead featured actors. And to this day, the musicians of various rock bands «This Is Spinal Tap» and Reiner praise the fact that the supposedly exaggerated and incredibly bizarre events in the mockumentary are taken directly from rock star life.
5 out of 5 stars: The FILMSTARTS review of «This Is Spinal Tap»
No wonder that «This Is Spinal Tap» received a full 5 out of 5 stars from us at FILMSTARTS and can be found on numerous leaderboards — for example in the best music films or the biggest cult films . If you want to catch up on «This Is Spinal Tap», you can find the DVD at Amazon. The mockumentary is currently not available as a stream.
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And by 2024 at the latest, all music and mockumentary fans should have either caught up or seen «This Is Spinal Tap» again, because as the US industry magazine Deadline now reports, a sequel is actually supposed to be released for the 40th anniversary of the cult original.
Staying true to the mockumentary genre, Spinal Tap II brings back the cast and crew: Rob Reiner is again directing and portraying documentary director Marty DiBergi on camera, while Christopher Guest , Michael McKean and Harry Shearer also reprise their roles as Lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel, vocalist David St. Hubbins and bassist Derek Smalls.
Reiner, Guest, McKeean and Shearer are also responsible for the story and the screenplay of the sequel, whereby the line between script and improvisation should again be very open and fluid, as was the case with the original.
This is the plot of «Spinal Tap 2»
But the initial situation for «This Is Spinal Tap 2» is already known: After the death of Spinal Tap manager Ian Faith (originally played by Tony Hendra , who actually died in 2021 ), the band is forced to reunite because Ian’s widow has an old contract inherits, according to which Spinal Tap still owes a concert, and otherwise threatens a lawsuit.
Unfortunately, Spinal Tap haven’t seen each other for quite a while and are at odds with each other. When director Marty DiBergi hears about the planned reunion, he drops everything to accompany Spinal Tap again with his camera…
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