One of the talk-shows I listen to on a semi-regular basis around here is Steve Deace in the afternoons. He used to be focused on local sports (primarily Iowa State) but he'll often dabble into political discussions and even entertainment. He'll have some guy who's name I can't remember come on the show every week and give his weekly review of movies. There are often movies that he doesn't think too much of but last week, I had never heard him go off on a movie like he did on "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny". He went so far as to call it the worst movie he had seen in at least the last ten years.
On the other hand, my normally reliable partner in crime E had also seen it. He disclosed that although it was a horrible movie as far as the content and appropriateness, it was actually very funny. I hold his opinion in higher regards that Deace's flunkie so that meant I had to check it out.
I didn't even realize until recently that there was once a short-lived series on HBO that first introduced the world to Tenacious D. This film dealt primarily with how they came to be (a fictitious depiction of the origin of a fictitious group, of course) and how they would evolve into greatness, in their own minds.
There's no denying that you truly have to be a Jack Black fan to enjoy any of this movie at all. From E's description, I was expecting something along the lines of "Clerks II" where there would be a no-holds barred presentation of humor with nothing being off limits. Although "Pick of Destiny" was not that, it really is Black in rare form and a stark contrast to a watered down version he's been giving us in some of his recent roles.
There were some very funny moments throughout the film. Especially Dave Grohl's depiction of Satan and a cameo from Amy Pohler. Probably the best scenes were the actual songs from Tenacious D. As always, they often made very little sense yet were still highly entertaining.
I'm still not too sure about what to think about this movie. I went in with some pretty high expectations thanks to E's recommendation. As far as cohesiveness goes, there wasn't much of that. Nevertheless, it was Jack Black doing what he does best: making little sense and making you laugh. Not the funniest movie I've seen in the last ten years but a far cry from the worst one.
My rating: B