Diverse websites hebben inmiddels berichten en recensies over de film “Lambert & Stamp”. Een selectie:
Vulture: “Perhaps Lambert & Stamp’s most touching moments come during some intimate exchanges between Townsend and Daltrey, reminiscing about the late, loyal madman Moon, and about the late genius Entwistle, and about the late maverick Lambert. It’s great not just because we’re eavesdropping on two rock survivors, but also because we’re seeing, in these living legends, the handiwork of the two unsung men to whom this film pays tribute.”
Village Voice: “The film’s alive with fresh anecdotes (..) Who milestones pass quickly — nobody even mentions the great Who Sell Out LP. But the film is marvelous about process, about the challenge of getting fractious creative types to unite, about how decades later, old fights can still sting”
Rolling Stone: “Stamp was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. “He was ill during the final stages of filming,” says Cooper. “You can see that he ages markedly during the movie. It was quite a struggle for him, but I barely realized that because he was so resilient and so present and so giving and courageous. We filmed right up until he couldn’t film anymore, which was exactly when I knew I’d gotten the whole story. It was weird. It was almost like he got it all out and then let go“.
LA Times: “We were incredibly fortunate that both of these guys had been filmed to the degree they had,” said Cooper. “But just because you have footage of the person doesn’t necessarily mean you are presenting them in a character arc. We had to work very hard in the structure of the film to develop [Lambert’s] character and to keep his placement in the film”
New York Daily News: “Many great docs have been made about The Who (including the ecstatic “The Kids Are All Right”), but “Lambert & Stamp” gets closest to the band’s fragility and unlikely story. It captures the real-life mania that surrounded a group whose music came to embody it”
Time Out: “Blessed with a wealth of golden b&w footage (Lambert and Stamp always planned to document their managerial brilliance), James D. Cooper’s poundingly fun, scrappy profile has an unusually satisfying nuts-and-bolts perspective on the ’60s fame machine“
Wall Street Journal: “Fans of The Who will find this film a rock Rosetta Stone. Students of the often anarchic creative process will be fascinated. For all their ignorance of the music scene, and their lack of connections at the outset, Kit and Chris were certified revolutionaries with an instinct for innovation and theatricality, and, in Kit’s case, an intellectual grasp of cultural context”
New York Times: “There is enough archival footage to make you feel as if you were there, or at least sorry that you missed it all“.