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|Genre:||Documentary, Music movie|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 96 min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
What began in 1990 as a small open air event in a gravel pit with six participating bands and just 800 visitors is now one of the biggest and most popular heavy metal festivals in the world: The Wacken Open Air attracts not only up to 75 people every year.000 Metal fans in the small 1800-soul community in Schleswig-Holstein, but now attracts the very big names of the rock and metal scene to the stage. In 2013 the festival visitors were able to choose from 135 bands, with everything from newcomers to the big headliners represented. Of course Rammstein, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Deep Purple or Anthrax are not to be missed - all names that make metal hearts beat faster and make sure that the tickets for the festival are completely sold out in no time at all.
In time for the 25th anniversary of the Wacken Open Air, director Norbert Heitker is now bringing his documentary film "Wacken 3D", shot at the 2013 festival, to the cinemas. With 140 employees, 18 camera teams and various co-directors, not only the metal greats on stage, but also three of the bands participating in the "Metal Battle" competition for young talent, as well as twelve festival visitors selected via Facebook, were accompanied on four festival days. The result is an extremely entertaining festival film that captures the very special atmosphere of the Wacken Open Air very well.
However, no pure music film should be expected here. There is a lot of music to listen to, but in the rarest cases the played songs are shown in full length. And when there are longer gigs to be seen, the song selection doesn't necessarily offer the big surprises. "School`s out" by Alice Cooper, "Du hast" by Rammstein or "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple are very obvious examples for what you can hear at this festival. It almost seems as if the makers don't want to scare off such viewers, who otherwise have little to do with metal, and want to offer them some familiar sounds.
On the other hand, of course the mood of the audience boils up especially with such familiar hits, which is why they are especially well suited to it, so that the cinema audience can also be infected by it. This becomes especially apparent during the bombastic Rammstein show, which also belongs to the best 3D moments of the movie. When you see that and hear the reaction of the audience, you can understand any star who takes off a little.
With its colourfully mixed protagonists, great concert recordings and wonderfully funny scenes from the festival area, "Wacken 3D" is a perfect complement to the Wacken documentaries "Metallers staring at breasts" and Cho Sung-hyung's surprise hit "Full Metal Village". While the focus was on the village and its inhabitants, "Wacken 3D" takes place almost exclusively on the festival grounds. And what you can see there is extremely entertaining, visually outstanding and extremely atmospheric. Certainly, one would have liked to have seen a little more about what kind of work takes place behind the scenes, for example the construction of the stages. But that's really just a high level of complaining. The bottom line is that the film - at least from the point of view of a non-metalhead and festival layman - is a worthy declaration of love to the Wacken Open Air and an entertaining, humorous and stirring documentary that releases its audience from the cinema in an extremely good mood. Despite some minor criticism, it is clear to me that the 25th anniversary of the festival could not have been better celebrated. Absolutely worth seeing!
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