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Being Mick (Jagger)
Trimark // Unrated // May 21, 2002
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted May 24, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

While I doubt any celebrity family could be as dysfunctional, weirdly fascinating or occasionally hilarious as The Osbournes, Mick Jagger could be another celebrity called upon to document his life if other networks are looking to duplicate the succcess that MTV has had with "The Osbournes". Not nearly as odd, Jagger is still witty, funny and intelligent, as shown in "Being Mick", a decent documentary about the singer's life.

I say "decent" because there's half a superb documentary here and half a somewhat uninteresting and promotional look at the singer's latest projects. The hour-long piece, which I believe first aired on ABC last year, follows the Rolling Stones frontman around while he not only records his solo album, but also produces a film (the superb "Enigma", now in theaters).

The most interesting bits of the documentary are simply Jagger being Jagger in the world, joking around with fans, commenting on tabloid rumors or being silly with his children. The scenes in the recording studio have occasional hints of entertainment, as we see the singer trying to adjust his vocals on some songs or the way he approaches the lyrics. However, many of the scenes in the studio don't bring anything else to the table aside from watching the singer record.

Overall though, I thought this was a fun, if not terribly substancial look at the life of Jagger, whose low-key charm and sharp sense of humor made "Being Mick" an entertaining journey.


The DVD

VIDEO: Trimark presents "Being Mick" in 1.33:1 full-frame, which is how the documentary was originally filmed. Shot with small cameras, this is understandably a piece with a low-budget appearance. Sharpness and detail are actually not half bad; the picture appears crisp and well-defined with the exception of a few minor instances here and there.

Flaws are also likely a fault of the source material. While not consistently so, most of the film has a slightly grainy appearance that is noticable, but not distracting. A couple of minor instances of edge enhancement were also seen, but hardly distracting. No pixelation was noticed. Colors generally looked nice, if a bit on the bland side, as they never looked particularly vivid or bold.

SOUND: Unfortunately, the presentation is offered in Dolby 2.0 instead of Dolby Digital 5.1. However, the audio quality was actually better than I expected. Dialogue in the interviews is mostly clear and easily understood, but there are some instances in the outdoor scenes where the dialogue is slightly muffled by the outdoor ambient sounds. Music actually sounds quite good throughout the program, coming through clearly and offering a respectable amount of bass.

MENUS: Slightly animated main menu.

EXTRAS:

Home Movies: About 17 minutes worth of additional footage of Jagger at work and on vacation that was deleted from (or simply didn't make it in) the documentary.

Music Videos: "God Gave Me Everything" and "Visions of Paradise".

Performances: "Don't Call Me Up" and "Goddess in the Doorway".

Final Thoughts: Although it doesn't offer that much insight or substance, "Being Mick" is an entertaining and fun look at Jagger's life. Trimark has offered a respectable DVD edition, with some decent supplements and average audio/video quality. Recommended for Jagger fans.

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