#TIFF19: “WESTERN STARS”
Review by Mr. Will Wong
Western Stars is quintessential viewing for fans of The Boss. The Documentary co-directed by music icon Bruce Springsteen and Thom Zimny gives fans a gorgeous intimate visual and sound experience on the ideas and concepts behind his latest studio album. The Documentary was recorded in his 100-year-old barn with a 30-piece orchestra and his band, including partner Patti Scialfa.
We get a get a glimpse into Springsteen’s journey and the life lessons he has accrued, getting candid. He even talks about having hurt the people he loved but having grown since. He jokes how years ago he was singing about cars and still to this day this remains a metaphor despite changed contexts. Springsteen speaks about his music with an assured wisdom he only could impart at this stage in his celebrated career and we’re glad he did. Western Stars brings us up- close and personal to a personable legend.
Western Stars manages in a transcendent way to capture the magic of Springsteen’s artistry and the magnestism which has kept his fan base loyal for years.
WESTERN STARS screens at TIFF:
Thu, Sep 12
Roy Thomson Hall
Fri, Sep 13
Winter Garden Theatre
Sat, Sep 14
#TIFF19: DAY SEVEN – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, ZAZIE BEETZ, HONG CHAU, GEORGE MCKAY + MORE
It’s officially been a week since TIFF ’19 began and we honestly don’t know where the time went! It all felt like one long day with power naps. We’re doing just fine, although we worry with the switch from hot to umm… freezing, we are a prime candidate for a cold!
Some names still in town we spotted. Hover cursor right to navigate albums.
Zazie Beetz (Lucy in the Sky, Joker + Seberg)
George McKay (True History of the Kelly Gang)
WESTERN STARS – Premiere
AMERICAN WOMAN – Afterparty
(Photo credit: Mr. Will Wong)