Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006) Review:

Tenac and ious D a good movie make.

“Let’s kick some ass!” is probably what they are saying here.

Director: Liam Lynch

Runtime: 93 minutes

Cast: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed, Tim Robbins, et al…

Plot (taken from IMDb): In Venice Beach, naïve Midwesterner JB bonds with local slacker KG and they form the rock band Tenacious D. Setting out to become the world’s greatest band is no easy feat, so they set out to steal what could be the answer to their prayers – a magical guitar pick housed in a rock-and-roll museum some 300 miles away.

He is of course now Hollywood Jack.
He is of course now Hollywood Jack.

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is the cult comedy. This is a film where the plot is second to the jokes, and the music, and of course, “The D”. For fans of The D, this film will probably be the best film in the world, or at least, a tribute and I think there is just enough for neutrals to enjoy the film.

The jokes come thick and fast in this one, ranging from crude to, slightly cruder, The Pick of Destiny is not for those who would not appreciate “cock push-ups”. Personally, I didn’t find the film amazingly funny upon watching it, but the jokes grow on you, and while a fair amount of them miss their mark, there are more than enough that stick. There are plenty of lines that you will find yourself quoting months in the future.

Mind = blown.
Mind = blown.

The acting isn’t great, but that almost works in favour of the film – both Black and Gass (playing them-selves in some kind of alternate reality thing) are decent, but Black has been better in most things he’s in. As I said though, the acting doesn’t really matter, nor does the plot; it is the comedy that matters. Tenacious D has a strange charm to it, Jack Black and Kyle Gass are the last people you’d expect to be famous musicians, let alone want to be (Kyle Gass in particular) – there is a theme of sticking up for the underdog throughout, something apparent throughout their work as “The D”.

And the best in terms of the comedy is the songs, which are all great fun. Right from the start with Meatloaf and Dio’s great cameos we are shown that this is basically a musical – a really, really stupid one. The songs in the film are the standout of the affair, and without them, The Pick of Destiny would just fall flat on its arse.

C'mon, do your magic.
C’mon, do your magic.

Despite the great songs and the various quality jokes, I unfortunately do not think The Pick of Destiny is a great film, it falls shy thanks to the odd poor joke. Indeed, in general the film just isn’t of a good quality that in its camerawork, directing or acting. As I said above though, this film will stick with you, and you will be quoting it for months to come despite its lack of quality.

Summary:

Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is not a classy film, and the plot is kinda crappy, as is the acting, and some of the jokes aren’t very funny. For every joke that doesn’t work, there is one that does, and the music in the film is great fun – as are the rock and metal cameos. The Pick of Destiny is worth a watch if you are in a stupid mood.

A tribute to a great film.

74/100

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