Why do I keep doing this to myself? Why do I keep
voluntarily reviewing these unauthorized music
biographies? Could it be because I don't get VH-1 and
I'm jonesing Behind the Music? After the debacle
that was Eminem: Hitz and Disses comes Korn:
R U Ready?, a collection of interviews with wannabes,
hanger-ons, and former friends of the band Korn, whose
fortunes have dipped recently in light of the rise of
Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock.
Like Eminem (although
maybe a little less so) Korn can be set apart from
their peers by the dark, complex emotions that their
lyrics uncork. Jonathan Davis, Korn's frontman, is
known to be an intelligent, articulate guy with a
loner past and some deep issues, but you would never
know that from this shoddy documentary which contains
no Korn music whatsoever. In fact, it barely has
anything to do with Korn, but rather functions as an
opportunity for their fans to show off their ignorance
and racism (one girl in line for a Korn show at the
Apollo theater refers to Harlem as the worst place in
New York and another fan states "If you can have your
Million Man March then we can have Korn at the
Apollo.") and for Korn's outer circle of buds to plug
their own bands.
The host, a guy named Pancho, is extremely annoying and often makes very
un-documentary like statements like "Maybe that's why they kick so much ass!!!" Pathetic.
The video basically looks like home footage. Nothing
The Dolby Digital audio is nothing special.
Plus, lacking any real Korn songs the music is
unimaginative rock noise.
Only a lame trivia quiz.
Even die-hard fans of the band would have a hard time
finding anything worthwhile in this piece.