Back And Forth Review

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James Moll's documentary charts the history of rock's hit machine, Foo Fighters, from the early years of Dave Grohl and co to the recording of their latest album, Wasting Light.


If you thought you knew the Foo Fighters, you didn’t; if you don’t consider Dave 'growling' Grohl your favourite Viking rock god, you’re mistaken; if you want to see the world’s most larger-than-life band, even larger and livelier without meeting them, you will. Back And Forth – the documentary about the 16-year career of one of America’s biggest exports – plays out like one of their colossal anthems: abrasive beginnings, swelling verses, celebratory choruses, all courtesy of red raw lyrics that require blood, sweat and tears falling from the faces of men who look like Thor.

From Dave Grohl’s choked confessionals on Nirvana, to the line-up change dramas, drummer Taylor Hawkins’s near fatal overdose, the biggest, fist-pumping gig of their lives at Wembley Arena and the production of their latest album in Grohl’s very own garage where he multi-tasks laying vocals down with feeding his daughter porridge from his awe-inspiring fingers. Director James Moll, shifting 180 degrees from his Oscar winning Holocaust documentary The Last Days, brings the noise with the most awesome, hilarious and seriously touching bromance of the year about the tremendous success of Earth’s humblest dude. There goes our hero, extraordinary.

A larger than life rockumentary and a fitting celebration of Dave Grohl and his Foo Fighters. Watch it, then get to your nearest moshpit.