Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Liam Lynch
Published Mar 06, 2007During all the years it took to make a Tenacious D film, Jack Black and Kyle Gass promised it would be the greatest movie wed ever behold. While few of us imagined theyd actually live up to the towering expectations they boasted about like their music, everything must be taken with a hefty grain of salt they did achieve their vision: telling the origin story of their legendary band while keeping viewers laughing all the way through.
The Pick of Destiny begins with JB (Black) leaving home when his oppressive father (played by Meatloaf) forbids him to listen to the devils music. When he arrives in Hollywood, JB stumbles upon a shredding busker named KG (Gass) and the pair strike up a rocknroll partnership. The fruits of "rockin out though dont exactly pay in full, but they discover a magical pick made from one of the Devils teeth, obviously that can elevate their skills like it did for the likes of Van Halen and AC/DC. The D set out to obtain the pick, which involves a risky B&E into the Rock History Museum and a death-defying car chase with the fuzz. In the end, however, what it all comes down to is a rock-off with Satan himself (played by Dave Grohl), where the band discover that their awesomeness isnt the result of some radiating pick.
Like the feature films of Beavis & Butthead, Jackass and the forthcoming Aqua Teen Force, The Pick of Destiny creates a "love it or hate it divide. Its crystal clear that this isnt a film designed to win over casual viewers; Black and Gass have intensified their equal parts stoner, loser and toilet humour for this big screen translation and if youre a fan, its all the more appreciated. The plot is absurdity at its best, especially Blacks foray into a cosmic land where he rides John C. Reilly dressed up as Sasquatch (a sequence that borders on Harold and Kumar hilarity). Basically, if youre a fan of "Cock Push-ups, youll find plenty to chow down on in this flick. As true fanboys, Black and Gass have boosted the content of DVD to make it all the more entertaining, something the D know a thing or two about.
The duos commentary is exactly what youd expect: in character, observing the film like it actually happened while poking fun at themselves, dropping random lies ("Synching up Dark Side of the Moon right at this moment sounds shitty) and questioning the plot holes. The deleted scenes add another 30 minutes to the film and actually warrant viewing, especially the cameos by David Koechner, who plays an America-loving army surplus storeowner and, erm, a giant dildo that scraps with JB. Plus: Lynch commentary, "The Making of, "In the Studio and a music video. (Alliance Atlantis)