Directed by: Liam Lynch
Starring: Jack Black, Kyle Gass, JR Reed
I was really excited about this movie when it came out because, obviously, I’m a huge fan of Tenacious D’s first album (it’s obvious because everybody likes it because it’s amazing). Just like everybody else, I was extremely disappointed with this sophomoric effort. Get it? Sophomoric? Because it’s their second album, and also it’s childish? I’m the best at words.
The Pick of Destiny is about two young, fat musicians who form a band named Tenacious D, and who discover that all of rock n’ roll’s greatest guitarists have all used the same guitar pick, which is apparently made from a tooth of Satan himself. They drive across the country to steal it from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and get into wacky mishaps involving sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll.
Not having any expectations is a great way to go into this movie. The songs aren’t as good as their self-titled debut, and the characters aren’t as funny and realistic as they are in their short HBO series, but it’s not really a bad movie. It relies a whole lot on fart and wiener jokes, the lamest of all categories of comedy, but there are still some funny sequences. Also, Tim Robbins plays a weird hobo guy and is actually pretty great. Also also, the whole movie is basically worth it to see the band in a rock battle against the devil (played by Dave Grohl) at the end, which is obviously a reference to their extremely good song Tribute. So yeah, only extreme fans of the band and/or Jack Black would probably find this movie a worthwhile use of time, but it’s not as bad as I remembered it was, and that’s good enough for me.