Movie Forty Eight
I had heard of the movie Hard Core Logo, a mockumentary about a fake Canadian punk band, some time ago but never had the desire to sit down and watch it. Recently I saw the trailer for Hard Core Logo 2 and decided it was worth watching since it was on Netflix Instant Watch.
When I first heard about Hard Core Logo it was described as the ‘Canadian punk rock Spinal Tap‘. I grew up listening to punk music so this should have been the type of movie I love, but it is no Spinal Tap. Where Spinal Tap is a dryly witty satire, Hard Core Logo has next to none of that charm. Maybe it’s because I didn’t understand the Canadian humor or something but I just did not care about anything happening.
The story revolves around a punk band named Hard Core Logo that have been around for too long and stage a comeback. There is some strife between the singer and lead guitarist, who is trying to make it big. They don’t see eye to eye all the time, but the camaraderie for each other is strong. The other two band mates fall in and out of the narrative, but the bass player is the more interesting character by far.
I was disappointed in Hard Core Logo. While I enjoyed the music in the film, nothing else grabbed me. I didn’t care about the characters, the mockumentary style is slightly off-putting to me, and the narrative was lacking. I would recommend it only for fans of punk music, mockumentaries, someone looking to kill ~90 minutes on Netflix Instant Watch, or Canadians.
I give it 3 Sonic Reducers out of 5.