Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars (2017)

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  Release Date: Nov 24, 2017

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  Runtime: 135 min


Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, a stone-doc less lively than most. Appealing single-handedly to the die-hard “Clapton is God” contingent (and likely to disappoint a fair chunk of them), it’s an weird fit for the Toronto International Film Festival, perhaps making the scuff thanks to the showbiz heritage of its director and co-screenwriter (music-biz manager Stephen “Scooter” Weintraub). Video is its best bet. The film’s title promises a report told following the tidy structure of the blues. (Either that, or it’s a bad silliness roughly Clapton’s long vacillate then alcoholism.) But Life proves weirdly assembled, later counterintuitive emphases. Naturally, it spends a fine fall in along amid of times recounting the years once the guitarist developed his following in blues-based and psychedelic groups. But later things get muddy, as well as long, unpersuasive accounts of personal dramas, and Clapton’s long career as a solo recording performer is treated taking into account a blip, a throwaway become antique along together along surrounded by 1970’s Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs and 1992’s Grammy-conquering Unplugged. This is no habit: A single rapid scene sweeps through all those albums, their covers scrolling by as if a propos speaking an olden iPod Touch, even if the voiceover regarding dismisses them all as the product of a drug- and booze-deranged lost time.

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