ROLLING STONES: OLE, OLE, OLE! A TRIP ACROSS LATIN AMERICA
(director/writer: Paul Dugman; screenwriter: Sam Bridger; cinematographer: Jonas Mortensen; editor: Christopher Bird/Thomas Watson; cast: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ron Wood,Charlie Watts, Dale ‘Opie’ Skjerseth (concert promoter), Joyce Smyth (Manager); Runtime: 105; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Sam Bridger; Fathom Events; 2016)
“If a fan, this is a don’t miss film.“
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A self-promoting Rolling Stone film that follows the popular band around in 2016 as the senior rockers tour a number of Latin American counties to give live concerts: Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Mexico.
There’s also was an historic free open air concert for the first time in repressed Havana, Cuba, of a rock group (they were previously banned), where there were over a million concert-goers. Paul Dugman (“Just Let Go: Lenny Kravitz Live“) points and shoots, and the Stones surprisingly act emotional and giddy about performing in Havana. The visit there came right after the visit of President Obama’s, the first visit of an American president after 80 years, which acted to ease relationships between the cut-off countries. The music documentary was slickly shot, it has great sound systems and the Stones were well received by big crowds while singing their familiar past hits. The concert in the rain in Brazil was memorable. Also the behind the scenes interactions of the rockers and visits to a Brazilian Samba band, a mountain-top ritual ceremony to the gods in Peru by a troupe of costumed native performers and meeting in Argentina with a cult called “Rolingas ” — a group of extreme fans that follow the Stones after their music was banned by their country as a result of the Falkland War. Of note, in every city visited there are interesting location shots of the people and of the cultural scenes of the country. If a fan, this is a don’t miss film.
REVIEWED ON 5/1/2018 GRADE: B+ https://dennisschwartzreviews.com/