Woodstock is a three-hour documentary about the iconic festival; the music, the production, and everything that happened over those three days of love and peace. It is a chronicle of a time period gone by, and most importantly, it gives a whole new generation a chance to experience the mystic wonder of the event for themselves.
The film is sparsely a true documentary as it is a loose collection of bits of footage that all relate to the festival itself. All of it is backed by a for-the-times soundtrack that matches well with whatever footage it is seen with. The whole thing gives a very flower-child feel to the film, as did the festival itself. There is very little direction, but that doesn’t make it a bad film. The film is still greatly entertaining, mostly of course thanks to the music, but also thanks to the endearing flow of the film itself; there is no real narrative, it’s just feeling, and it’s effective.
Frankly, I’m not sure why this is on the must see list. I know I’ve been saying that a lot recently, but this documentary is just that; a documentary. It just happens to be about one of the most historic and game-changing musical events of all time, but that shouldn’t give it an automatic pass onto the list. We have Report instead of the Zapruder film, and I’m sure there are plenty of historical events not represented on the list. Still, if Woodstock were to have representation at all, this film would be the ideal one to do it with.
Arbitrary Rating: 8/10