Memphis and the Mississippi Delta have been the homes of one of the world's most extraordinary music scenes, expanding from the rock 'n' roll of Elvis Presley, through to the soul of Otis Redding, Al Green and Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and later the extraordinary modern pop of Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. Now, all generations of Memphis music are uniting in a phenomenal move which sees the heart-warming coming together of musicians of all ages, races and creeds. Among those featuring in the movie are Snoop Dogg, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Charlie Musselwhite and Frayser Boy, and together they take to the studio in one of the most inspirational collaborations of all time - and they're taking you along for the ride.
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Just as Wattstax the event was a serious social event that just so happened to include a little music, Wattstax the movie is much less a concert film (a la Woodstock or The Last Waltz) and much more a talking head documentary with musical interludes. Depending on your frame of mind, that can be a good or a bad thing. But director Mel Stuart (who made Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory two years earlier) is probably not the perfect person to take a camera into Los Angeles to ask black residents how things have changed (or not) since the riots seven years earlier. There's frankly just not a lot of insight to be gained from the poorly shot man-on-the-street footage.
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