Music is a science, a universal language, and an inspiration to many of us. And for these reasons, it’s an absolute obsession for a trio of electric-guitar virtuosos spanning multiple generations: Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2 and Jack White of The White Stripes.
The documentary “It Might Get Loud” takes viewers on a journey through the eyes of these three musicians. They have diverse backgrounds that range from a Detroit man passionate about blues music to a session guitarist from London searching for creativity and a Dublin schoolboy honing his skills while also trying to forge his own distinct sound.
What takes this documentary beyond a simple pic of three guys who can play a guitar, is a meeting that brings the icons together in a less-than-personal room to learn each other’s music and discuss what the art of guitar means to them.
White and The Edge watch rock legend Page in hidden giddiness as the man jams out the “Whole Lotta Love” hook. As each learns one another’s songs, the musicians step out of their element for just a few minutes for the world to see.
Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) successfully delves into the lives of very different men while making the film cohesive. The only background left vague is the history of the electric guitar itself.
Some viewers will be left to question whether Guggenheim made the right choice in his casting Page, Edge and White as the best living electric guitarists. While Page definitely has the longest career and most highly regarded status among the three, it’s hard to argue the success of U2 and originality of White.