“It Might Get Loud” begins with Jack White (of the White Stripes) creating a guitar out of scraps of wood, nails, a coke bottle and a piece of wire. When he finishes, he strums a few chords, takes a pull from a cig and says, “Who says you need to buy a guitar?” It’s a brilliant start that lets you know right off, this isn’t just about a love of guitars; it’s about the creative process.
The film is simply a meeting of three rock legends: Jack White, The Edge and Jimmy Page. They’re all icons, and together they form a bridge of three generations of rock n’ roll innovators. The narrative of film takes you through their stories showing their evolution as musicians, how they overcame creative obstacles and how they forged their true identities. The viewer gets to watch each of them grow and understand the desire that got them there is the same fire that burns in them today. It never stops.
Early in the film I loved Jack White’s ingenuity and his almost combative creative approach. He literally tore things apart and built tools to create sounds that are raw and unrefined. His inspiration is traditional blues and gospel, but his execution is anything but conventional. In the middle, however, I began to appreciate Page’s history more. His double-neck guitar and haunting chords that still resonate, all laid the foundation for artists like Jack White. And by the end, I could see that the Edge completed the circle, tying them all together. In the end, it wasn’t a contest of who’s the best; it’s a history lesson of three generations and those absent, like Robert Johnson and Son House.
Everyone should watch it. I’m watching it again soon.