Rock novelty Tenacious D take to the big screen to tell the events leading up to their only genuine real world hit, Tribute. And it’s everything you expect it will be.
It’s gleefully juvenile, clearly aiming for the teen boy market, with added stoner references and cameos galore. My favourite being a frankly unrecognisable John C. Reilly as Sasquatch (a hangover from the HBO series). Though the real fun comes from the songs, more in the vein of their self titled record, but featuring artists like Ronnie James Dio, Dave Grohl and Meat Loaf (as Jack Black’s dad, a slice of genius casting). From the vocal representation of on-screen events in Break In City to the showdowntastic Beelzeboss, this is where the D really shine.
The plot isn’t too important but here it is; Jables and KG unite and form Tenacious D and, in order to pay their rent, seek the kind of rock superstardom that can only be attained with the use of a piece of Satan’s tooth that was fashioned into a plectrum by a wizard. Yeah, I know, right?
It’s not high art by any stretch, but if you’re in the mood for something light with a rocky edge, The Pick of Destiny is a lot of fun.