The story of virtuoso guitarist Jason Becker who went from legendary status in speed metal to suffering the onset of Lou Gehrig's Disease. Given only a few years to live, he learned to compose using a computer and rebuilt his entire life.
Air guitar nation and Anvil... set the bar high for guitar-based documentaries, but when the phrase “triumph of the human spirit” seems inadequate, you know you’re onto something special. Jesse Vile’s film tells the jaw-dropping story of the genius guitarist who came close to replacing Steve Vai in David Lee Roth’s band, only to be struck down by degenerative nerve condition Lou Gehrig’s disease. Jason Becker has defied all the odds, and despite only being able to move his eyes and mouth, still composes virtuoso guitar solos, thanks to the twin miracles of modern technology and a loving family. Mind-blowing.
An intense, emotional ride. Uplifting and inspiring.
Reviewed by David Parkinson