Stars: *** 1/2
Rating: PG-13 for sexual humor
Run Time: 1 hour, 27 minutes
Folk icon Irving Steinbloom (1920-2003) has passed away, leaving a legacy of musical harmony that has moved generations. To celebrate a life devoted to folk, Steinbloom’s doting son Jonathan (Bob Balaban) arranges a televised tribute concert featuring Steinbloom senior’s most beloved musicians.
Christopher Guest’s new comic ode to
Kitschy vignettes pepper this uber-clever mockumentary. Jonathan frantically scours the country to reunite his dad’s favorite acts: classic troubadours The Folksmen (Guest and “Spinal Tap” vets Michael McKean and Harry Shearer), the dreamy duo of Mitch & Mickey (Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara) and the newly revitalized New Main Street Singers (Parker Posey and John Michael Higgins, among others). The groups are captured in extemporaneous interviews and backstage rehearsals, waxing poetic about their devotion to folk and their melodious days of yore.
scant two weeks to prepare for the big day, the going gets hectic. Mitch needs to be sprung from the
Christopher Guest owns the mockumentary. From “Spinal Tap” to “Waiting for Guffman” and “Best in Show”, Guest’s spoofs are routinely pitch-perfect. “Wind” is on the subtler side, but maintains a delightfully dry wit and well-balanced restraint. Guest regulars smoothly improvise their way through the trials and tribulations of their characters’ mini-mini-comeback, guaranteed to make them legends in their own minds.