"Green Day: Heart Like a Hand Grenade" (Guardian 06/11/15)
Green Day: Heart Like a Hand Grenade **
Dir: John Roecker.
With: Billie Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, Mike Dirnt, Mike Pelino. 120 mins. Cert:
authorised cross-promotional item suffers from that lack of curiosity common
among one-night-only rock docs. Embedded with the pop-punks as they recorded
their American Idiot opus, filmmaker
John Roecker soon fades into the furniture: the between-take downtime’s
unrevealing, while sequences on the construction of “Boulevard of Broken
Dreams” and others cut far too early to polished live performances to capture
the intended craft. We get a passing sense of the band’s personalities –
incorrigibly boyish, even as they head into fatherhood – yet there’s nothing of
substance on the music, or its notionally oppositional slant. It’s almost as
though it wouldn’t hold up to sustained analysis. Green Day: Heart Like a Hand Grenade opens in selected cinemas from today.