I don’t know why, but it has taken me a long time to actually start watching Air Guitar Nation, a documentary about, well… the art of playing air guitar. I guess it was because of the latest issue of FHM, because in it was a list of some movies to check out this month and the best two movies/documentaries was this (2nd) and King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which I’ve already seen and mention at the bottom of this post. Anyway, back to Air Guitar Nation, it was awesome!
It’s time to rock and roll - air guitar style. AIR GUITAR NATION is the feature documentary about the year that air guitar swept America - from New York to Los Angeles and then all the way to northern Finland. AIR GUITAR NATION chronicles the birth of the US Air Guitar Championships and the personal journeys of those talented contestants who are vying to become the first World Air Guitar Champion from the United States. Every August, the Air Guitar World Championships bring thousands of fans all the way to Oulu, Finland to see the world’s best air guitarists battle it out for 60 seconds of mock stardom. For years, the USA was missing in action. Enter the first official US Air Guitar Championships. What starts as a friendly contest above a New York strip club becomes a battle of naked ambition played out on the national and, ultimately, the world stage. Full of triumph and disappointment, patriotic spirit and political tension - and of course invisible guitars - this tension filled competition quickly turns very real as the contest becomes even more fierce as the contestants work hard to win the title of World Air Guitar Champion. AIR GUITAR NATION captures the explosion of competitive air guitar through the eyes of former world champions, fans and media, and through the personal rivalries of those trying to attain the title of “The best Air Guitarist in the world.”
I’m a sucker for documentaries and definitely also this type of documentary with the whole rivalry thing going on. So be sure to check out my post on King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, which was great as well. Actually I enjoyed it a bit more, but it’s close. Both are must-sees!
Interesting.. But would I go see a movie about it? Naaah…Dennis:
That’s why I’m recommending it in the first place, because it really doesn’t look like something that would be worth seeing, but it is. For something so “ridiculous”, it’s surprisingly moving and interesting.
I know it sounds stupid, but trust me it’s good.
Anyway, I think you’d love King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters way more as it should be right up your alley.