I finally saw A Mighty Wind last night, and it was quite good. I've seen all of the other Christopher Guest documentary-spoof films and loved each of them, so I had high expectations this time around, and it did not disappoint.
A Mighty Wind is the story of a reunion concert featuring three folk bands from the '60's: the Folksmen, the New Main Street Singers, and Mitch and Mickey. To pull it off, the actors in the film actually had to perform and record a "concert". The movie was worth watching to me for that factor alone.
By far the highlight for me was a group called the Folksmen. What makes them so hilarious is that they are played by the same three actors who portrayed the legendary Spinal Tap. Also, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara were funny (and surprisingly endearing) as Mitch and Mickey. Some of the back stories about the members of the New Main Street Singers are pretty humorous as well. And Fred Willard's always good for a laugh or two.
The film wasn't without it's weaknesses, of course. It seems that with each movie he does, Christopher Guest's ensemble cast grows. And it's gotten to the point where there are so many actors that there just isn't enough movie to develop all of the characters. And, overall, this movie is a little more serious than other works by Guest and crew. Granted, they get funnier with each viewing, so maybe my opinion will be different in six months.
Finally, I've got to give credit where credit is due. Parker Posey. For the third straight time, she made me laugh the hardest. I don't want to give it away but it involves her playing mandolin for a group of kindergarten kids. It may not do it for you, but dang it, it done it for me.