Truly it is a fine line indeed, and This is Spinal Tap rides it with flair and panache and its own brand of parodical style. It is that rare good mockumentary – the fictional documentary-style film – one that has great humor bits and a nearly flawless presentation to go along with it.
Rob Reiner plays a fictional version of himself as a director following along the trail of the pseudo-legendary fictional band Spinal Tap, and their various antics and road shows. This is beautifully done satire, with incredibly memorable dialogue as well as musical numbers; this film offers everything on its plate to whomever wants a meal. It comes with some truly hilarious moments; I nearly laughed myself silly at the mini-Stonehenge descending onto the stage, as well as the band going through their various instrument collections and pastiches of past songs.
This became a cult hit pretty much as soon as it was released, and it is easy to see why. This has all the makings of a fanbase generator, and it deserves all that it gets. I don’t know if this is a must see before you die experience, but it’s probably in the book because of its massive cult popularity, and you know what? In this case, that’s enough.
Arbitrary Rating: 8/10