This is Spinal Tap

Like some cultural behemoth throwing a shadow across the film landscape, 1984’s This is Spinal Tap, that landmark mockumentary, is one of those films imprinted in shared cultural memory and legend because parents deemed it good enough to let their kids watch it even though the kids were too young to fully appreciate it but at least get half the gags.

That was one long and confused sentence but sums up my experience. Finally viewing it on the big screen as an adult, I was able to recognise and appreciate the writing, the satire and the cinematic language used to make the comedy and the music.

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