Release date: Nov. 22, 2006
Directed by: Liam Lynch
Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, Stuart Cornfield
Budget: $20 million
Box office: $13.9 million
Two musicians set out to become legendary rock stars.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a strange film, seemingly catering to an incredibly niche audience consisting mostly of the band’s fans. As such, the film knows exactly what it wants to be and does not try to do anything more than appeal to said niche, throwing the viewers a haphazardly told story of how Black and Gass got together with a small amount of jokes that land connected by bizarre situations and musical interludes. Some of it is presented well. However, a majority of the film feels awkwardly written in its taking the two characters from one circumstance to the next. Still, the final scenes come off as the one with the most thought put into it and is the best part of the film.
The acting in the film is varied. Most times, Black and Gass are pretty much acting as exaggerated versions of themselves. Yet, they aren’t the best or most memorable performances in the film. JR Reed is quite humorous as the band’s friend, Reed, especially in his reaction to seeing his two friends on live television being chased by the police while driving his car. Further, Ben Stiller has the most significant appearance in his one scene depicting an employee of a Guitar Center who is the one to kickstart their quest. He gives the audience multiple layers of a character who may have seen it all, has no problem with telling the two of what they seek though has no patience for the duo’s nonsense.
The pacing and flow of the film is practically nonexistent. Despite the self-awareness the film exhibits, it is unsure of just how to tell its story. Numerous times, it rushes to reach scenes which have more going on and slows down for some of the more eccentric occasions. One scene follows Black as he hallucinates on mushrooms and every second of this offbeat episode is easily felt. The only perfectly paced piece of the film are, again, the final minutes. The quality of these points provides impression of the entire film being constructed around it and little regard committed to the lead up.
This film is not entirely awful but it’s definitely not meant for everyone.
Golden Schmoes Awards
Best Music in a Movie
Motion picture Sound Editors, USA - Golden Reel Awards
Best Sound Editing for Music in a Musical Feature Film