Wizard Rockumentary, The

The Wizard Rockumentary is a documentary about the rise and evolution, popularity, and overall purpose of Wizard Rock (AKA Wrock) through the course of seven years. For those that don't know, Wizard Rock is when a band or soloist—whether good or bad, it doesn't matter—writes and performs songs about the Harry Potter books. The documentary details a huge, uncountable amount of Wrock bands, but keeps its focus on (or at least keeps coming back to most often) a specific four: The Switchblade Kittens, who were an actual mainstream band that evolved into a Wrock band and actually created the first Wrock song; Harry and the Potters, who were the first actual (and most popular/famous) Wrock band; Draco and the Malfoys, whose music is like the antithesis of Harry and the Potters (obviously); and The Remus Lupins, which is just one guy, but does very well.

     As I said, the purpose of the film is to detail the rise and evolution, popularity, and purpose of Wrock. It begins back in 2000 and spans from then up to 2007 when the final Harry Potter book is released. What the movie does well is in telling the purpose of having a Wrock band, which isn't to make money (and if you do, it pretty much goes to charity) or to be the best band in the world, but to make songs about books, to get other people to read books and make songs about them, and to just have fun while you're doing it. It's all about the fun, and you really see how much fun these people are having while doing this. And there's a huge range of ages in this—which is another point, as it doesn't matter what age you are, you can Wrock—from 7 up to even the 40s (maybe 50s). And there's a whole bunch of different styles of music, too. There's the more feel-good music of Harry and the Potters, the downright nasty (though hilarious) lyrics of Draco and the Malfoys, the more adult-themed music of The Whomping Willows... it just goes on and on, and some of them are really good and very funny. And most of them are typically through the perspective of the band name (for instance, Harry and the Potters write songs through Harry's perspective, The Hermione Crookshanks Experience goes through Hermione's perspective, The Whomping Willows through the tree's perspective, etc.). Any way you look at it, it's awesome.

     The only downfall of the film, really, was the band of the two kids (the one being 7... the other having to be around 4 or so). Calling themselves The Hungarian Horntails, these two boys dubbed their music Dragon Rock and was mostly a bunch of screaming instead of actual music or lyrics. And their purpose contradicts that of actual Wizard Rock, as they clearly state they're doing this to become famous and make money (I know they're just little kids, but still). And I know the purpose of putting them in the documentary was to show that even little kids can Wrock, but it just felt a bit out of place. Though there are a few good lines given by Harry and the Potters about them, which almost made up for their inclusion, so that did make it a bit better.

     Otherwise, the movie was done well. It's interesting how most documentaries will follow one specific person (or a select group) or company or event and detail it/them, sometimes even giving the documentary a conflict or story arch (such as with The King of Kong). However, this film doesn't do that. Instead of documenting something physically specific, it's documenting an idea, a theme, and that almost makes the film a bit more powerful in doing so. It shows that these people aren't a bunch of crazy, no-life losers, but normal people just like everybody else who just want to read books, make music, and have a blast—it doesn't matter if you're the best singer or the best musician. And to me, that says quite a bit. So I recommend the film to those of you who are either Harry Potter fans or music fans, or even those of you who could be interested in either (like King of Kong did with video games, I don't necessarily think you need to be a big fan of Harry Potter to understand what this film is saying/doing). Unfortunately, though, it can't be found in stores; instead, it can be found at www.wizardrockumentary.com. And one last thing... I totally love the tagline of the film—"A Movie About Rocking and Rowling." I just thought that was totally clever. So yeah... Read. Rock. Love. Peace out!

Reviewed by: Nick