'Adventures of Power'
(Michael McKean, Jane Lynch, Chi Ling Chiu, Adrian Grenier, Ari Gold, et al / DVD / PG-13 / (2008) 2011 / Phase 4 Films)
Overview: Adventures of Power is an epic comedy about a mine-worker named Power whose love of drums and lack of musical skill has turned him into the ridiculed air drummer; of his small town. But when Power's union-leader father calls a strike at the mine, Power discovers an underground subculture of air-drummers who just might hold the key to changing the world.
DVD Verdict: "The first sound we hear is the beat of our own mama's heart. But then the sounds of the world drowns it out ... until we just can't hear it any more." True enough, and from the way that sounds, you'd be thinking that this could well be a downer of a movie - but you would be wrong! Jane Lynch as the supportive Aunt Joanie is wonderful, as ever, and if you pay close enouh attention, all this offbeat humor comes with an underlying positive message.
In one scene, Power's dad (Michael McKean) says, "I named you Power so that you would be a man, not just pussy-footing around." To which Power replies, as he keeps moving on his toes, "I'm not pussy-footing, I'm double-bass drumming!" Claaaaaaassssic!
Power goes on his journey to find inspiration to Newark, although at one point he's told it was NYC, and not only runs into a pretty deaf girl, but several people's boots! It also features a great soundtrack of original and previously recorded music. Van Halen, Mr. Mister, Journey, and of course, Rush!
Ari Gold as 'Power' is wondeful, charming, sweet and determined in the lead role, for sure, but it's the unrecognisable Adrian Grenier ('Entourage') that steals the show, sorry! [GP] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
3 Trailers (Theatrical Trailer, Depression Era Trailer, Impossible Fantasy Trailer)
Original Music Videos featuring Adrian Grenier and Ari Gold
Interview with Neil Peart of Rush
Power to the Power Featurette
Postcards from the set
Short Films from Director, Writer and Star, Ari Gold