Jack Black and Kyle Gass star as JB and KG respectively in Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny, a crazy comedy that could be the greatest movie in the world. Okay, that's not even remotely true, but the movie is about "the greatest band in the history of the world," so it seemed like the right thing to say.
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny is a comedy, musical, fictional biography and ultimate ego trip. Think Bill and Ted meets Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle meets South Park, and it begins to explain what Tenacious D is. The movie follows JB as he grows from a loser of a child to a loser of an adult, who finally finds his place in Santa Monica when he runs into KG. Separately, their musical talents are nothing extraordinary, but together, they are the self-proclaimed greatest band on earth. Despite this bold statement, they realize that winning the open mike contest won't be easy, and so they set out to steal the Pick of Destiny, which is guaranteed to give them the power needed to dominate the music industry.
Black is unleashed in a way you've never seen him before. He might have been crazy in School of Rock, or utterly silly in Nacho Libre, but he explodes here, in an unrestrained and psychotic way. Black is off the wall, and that's a good thing. He's pathetically hilarious. As for Gass, he also does a great job and plays well off Mr. Black.
As for the movie, it's hard to describe. If you like stoner comedies that really aren't stoner comedies, then you should check out Tenacious D. If you like Jack Black, you should check out Tenacious D. If you like crazy music and a music-loving Devil, then you should check out Tenacious D. If you like movies with plots or sensible characters, then maybe you should skip this one.
The movie is inconsistently funny but always entertaining, thanks mainly to the duo. When the duo fails, director Liam Lynch steps in and throws something truly trippy at the audience. The best parts come at the beginning, as Jack voices over a child version of himself. The whole introductory segment is in musical format, and sets the stage for the rest of the movie. The opening scenes are priceless. Surprisingly, the music is pretty good throughout, even if it isn't music I'd listen to on the radio.
Tenacious D and The Pick of Destiny is certainly not for everyone, but it has its moments and will definitely find its cult status.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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