Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man Blu-ray Review
“Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man” is ruined by distracting direction.
With the recent passing of beloved musician Leonard Cohen, Lionsgate has reached back into their archives to release a 2005 film titled “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man.” A majority of the film is comprised of footage from a tribute concert in which artists Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Jarvis Cocker, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Cave, Perla Batalla, Julie Christensen, Antony, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle, and The Handsome Family play Leonard Cohen cover songs. The other portion of the film is essentially a documentary as it contains interviews with the above listed artists and U2 as well as interviews with Cohen himself who talks poetically about life and various topics. The movie concludes with a Leonard Cohen/U2 performance of “Tower of Song.”
“Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man” will undoubtedly appeal to dedicated fans of the late underrated musician as the film is clearly designed to be a love letter to his accomplished work. Throughout the 103 minute runtime, viewers get to see some showstopping covers (namely Rufus Wainwright’s “Hallelujah” and Antony “If It Be Your Will”) as well as some insightful interviews from Leonard Cohen himself. Unfortunately, all of the memorable moments are undercut by one thing- director Lian Lunson.
Watching “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man” is a wholly frustrating experience. To say the overly artsy movie is disorganized is an understatement. To give you an idea of what to expect here, let’s say you’re enjoying a performance of “Everybody Knows” by Rufus Wainwright. Suddenly, you see the song being interrupted by interviews. This happens the entire film. The construction of the movie is, frankly, chaotic as performances are cut off or edited, the performers are never identified (aside from brief credits at the start), and interviews are spliced in at random moments from start to finish. Visually, the movie also leaves a lot to be desired as the performances and interviews are mainly shot with close-ups and little more.
Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? This catalogue title is pleasing to the eyes.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? It’s a bit lackluster at times, but adequate enough.
* Digital copy.
* “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man” theatrical trailer.
* Additional performances by Teddy Thompson, The Handsome Family, Perla Batalla and Martha Wainwright.
* A 4 minute conversation with Leonard Cohen.
* A solo commentary by director/producer Lian Lunson.
Overall Thoughts: “Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man” would have been a better film if the questionable directorial choices didn’t overshadow the content.
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