Film review: Don't Think
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Watching a concert film in the cinema might not be top of your to-do list, but, the thing is, Don’t Think is not just a simple filmed live performance. No, it is a psychedelic, celluloid testament to the power and brilliance of the Chemical Brothers on the live stage. For 90 minutes Don’t Speak removes the traditional cinematic barrier between audience and screen, and creates a truly immersive audio/visual feast. In many ways it could be said to be better than seeing the duo in the flesh. Long time Chemical Brothers visual collaborator Adam Smith has forged the perfect view of their performances – filmed with 20 cameras at Fuji Rock Festival in Japan with the final cut being drawn from over 50 hours of footage. Cutting between on-stage footage, intimate glimpses into an emotional crowd, bizarre scenes from the festival and Smith’s own visuals it draws the viewer in completely. This is the best concert film released for the clubbing generation by far, it being the first shot in Dolby 7:1 surround sound and mixed by the Chem’s themselves, the music is completely at one with the visuals on-screen. It delivers the sensory overload of the best clubbing experiences. The music is the narrative, and the Chemical Brothers have always been incredible aural story-tellers. At last week’s premiere at the Hackney Picturehouse, by the end most of the audience which included Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Karen Gillan, the Klaxons and Keira Knightley were out of their seats and in the aisles essentially becoming part of the crowd on screen. If you are a fan of the Chemical Brothers or dance music in general Don’t Think is an absolute must-see, and even if you are not it will still be a completely unique attack on your senses.