Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock

DVD - 2009
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In 1969, Elliot Tiber, an interior designer living in Greenwich Village, New York, has to move back upstate to help his parents run their dilapidated Catskills motel, The El Monaco. Upon hearing that a planned music and arts festival has lost its permit from the neighboring town of Wallkill, NY, Elliot calls producer Michael Lang at Woodstock Ventures to offer his family's motel to the promoters and generate business. Three weeks later half a million people are on their way to his neighbor's farm.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2009.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 21, 2015

Taking Woodstock is a film based off of the real events that took place leading up to as well as during the 3 day event that would result in history being made, "Three days of peace and music" the slogan for the legendary concert in 1969, Woodstock. The film kicks off with the main character, Elliot Tiber who is an interior designer moving back to live with his parents due to their struggles with maintaining and running their run down motel. The motel is placed in what seems like the middle of nowhere, which happens to be White Lake, New York. Along the tough road of assisting his parents with the motel management, Elliot comes across a newspaper article which headline's discusses the cancellation of the original concert. Elliot takes the opportunity upon himself with the idea of a quick cash situation to help his parents' struggling motel business. He then calls up the group of individuals who were planning on running the original festival and attempts to convince them into using their land and allowing their motel business to help cater the festival. They provided their almost always vacant rooms, and used all of their resources to help host the festival. The legendary story of Woodstock is very well-known so I won't spoil the rest of the movie by reliving the tail while diving into detail. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed the movie and thought many parts of it were well executed, while there were without a doubt a handful of roll your eyes, cheesy moments present every so often in the film I couldn't help but temporarily forget about those poorly executed and scripted moments when seeing the entire creation of the festival unfold. The movie did extremely well at teleporting the viewer back to August 1969 as soon as the film fades in. The movie also does extremely well at making the viewer almost forget they are watching a movie, but rather they are a part of the crew putting together this insane three-day concert of a lifetime. Then once the concert finally gets underway we unfortunately (just like the main character and his family) barely even get a chance to experience the concert at all. All in all this movie makes me happy when I watch it, although the first ten minutes are kind of slow starting off, but this film makes me wish I could've experienced this amazing event in history, unfortunately I'm only 17 years of old so It was not possible. If you are the type of person who does not want anything to do at all with psychedelic substances; do not really share an interest for the hippie culture; or just do not have an interest for historical based movies, I cannot say that I would recommend this film. However if you are more accepting of the hippie culture and all the things that came/come with it; share an interest in older music; and share an interest or a passion for historical events such as Woodstock I would highly recommend experiencing this movie at least once. However I would like to put out a quick disclaimer as well as the biggest problem I had with this movie, and that is the entire film was based around the making/set up of Woodstock as well as a bit of the hippie culture, rather than being based around the music and the performances and performers there. I would rate Taking Woodstock a 7.5/10, and I would definitely like to see it again! Rest in peace to Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and Richie Havens [my 3 favourite performers at Woodstock ('3 Days of Peace and Music')].

rufus_red4 Jun 21, 2013

This film was well intentioned but the script is very poor. I'm surprised Ang Lee decided to direct it. He couldn't rise above the material and I didn't finish it. It was filmed in Sullivan County so the locales are authentic, but who cares?

lasertravis Aug 03, 2012

Above average tale of the family and community that hosted Woodstock. The stars are mostly for the super realistic LSD trip scene. The acting is pretty good and the story is engaging. Not really my kind of flick, but it kept me watching til the end. Probably a bit overlong.

Lindajwink Jul 20, 2012

Surprisingly good for a low key, low budget movie that gets off to a slow start. I particularly like the theme of the underdog having his day, which is how I see this depiction of Woodstock - not so much an emphasis on the concert and music. A little bit dull at first, but I watched til the end, and enjoyed it.

Nov 29, 2011

This was an awesome film though no doubt some people wouldn't like the drug use, nudity, sexual (including homosexual) references. The split screens can get a bit trying at times, but they aren't happening all the time. This would still make my top 10 or 15 list though!

Apr 17, 2011

A bittersweet story that doesn't work particularly well as a comedy or drama. However, there are some funny as well as touching scenes.
This is an account of the origins of and happenings at the Woodstock Festival, later billed as three days of love and music. Actually it's more like an out of control alcohol and drug party. If you want a better Woodstock music experience see the actual Woodstock movie. It's long, but the music and cinema is fantastic. This movie has little of the actual Woodstock music.

Sep 20, 2010

This movie was boring as all get-out. Who knew that Woodstock could look so pathetic?

Feb 17, 2010

Fair - Taking Woodstock (2009) 120 min. Ang Lee created a dramatization of the Woodstock experience tries to recreate the same cinematography used for the Woodstock documentary released back in 1970 with the split screen images. Though Lee captured as best he could, the experience, the film is long and drags to the final conclusion. Best character was played by Imelda Staunton (Jake’s mother). She represented the old-school conservative life-style of decency and yet, has a couple of skeletons in her own closet.


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