Directed By: Alan Parker
Starring: Bob Geldof, Christine Hargreaves, James Laurenson
Tag line: "The Memories. The Madness. The Music... The Movie"
Trivia: Roger Waters of Pink Floyd originally intended the film to be a starring vehicle for himself
Pink Floyd's The Wall is, hands down, my favorite rock album of all-time. I've been a huge fan ever since the late '70s, and it continues to fascinate me to this day. At times downright other-worldly, The Wall weaves a gripping tale of one man's self-imposed isolation from society, and is an impressive artistic achievement. Thanks to director Alan Parker, what was, and is, an incredible rock album has become a superb motion picture, one that remains entirely faithful to the brilliance of the original work.
In order to protect himself from the cruel outside world, Pink (Bob Geldof), a rock star who's been beaten down by life, takes shelter behind a psychological wall he's constructed deep within his subconscious. But this wall, built to keep everybody else out, only succeeds in trapping Pink within. Alone and confused, Pink must find a way to dismantle his inner prison before all the rage he's been repressing over the years suddenly, and violently, breaks free.
Visually, Pink Floyd The Wall is stunning. The schoolhouse sequence, which plays out over the album's most popular tune, Another Brick in the Wall, Part II, is a wonderfully flamboyant bit of fantasy, with conveyor belts transporting faceless children to their doom. Along with the various recreations of Pink's early life, Pink Floyd The Wall also offers up a number of disturbing animated sequences, such as the dark and violent rendition of Goodbye Blue Sky, which graphically displays the horrors of war, a theme that figures prominently in Pink's psychological collapse (his father, played by James Laurenson, was killed in battle during World War II). I was impressed with Parker's vision of this strange and troubling place, where one man's twisted psychoses and warped paranoia have become his new home.
Throughout the years, Pink Floyd's The Wall has conjured up many astounding images in my mind, ones so incredible I would have never believed a film could do them justice. In stunning fashion, director Alan Parker has proven me wrong.