Honestly, I just never understand the negativity and vitriol this film continues to receive! Really, 90% of it is just a concert video, and a damn good one at that. The band played brilliantly and Bono was on top form vocally. The bits in between the songs, they're all pretty much something and nothing really. There's not a lot to comment on, just a few bits of them back stage, the visit to Graceland, performing with a gospel choir, etc. I know some people claim the band acted like they invented blues music or like they were trying to teach the American public about their own music but I don't see that at all! I just think they came across as really happy to have discovered this music for themselves and were now enjoying playing the blues and were just keen to immerse themselves in it all. Having not watched the film for so long I'd forgotten how little they're actually shown in the film away from the stage performances, actually. I thought there were a lot more discussions and interviews in it than there actually are.
I like the gospel choir version of ISHFWILF and the live performance of Bad, well that's just spectacular, as is Bullet The Blue Sky and Bono's rant! Ultimately though it really is just a live concert tour video more than anything and I just don't get what some people have against it so much and why it was so slated by the critics! What were people expecting, really? A Fellini-esque cinematic masterpiece?! It's a concert tour film, nothing more nothing less and for me it's all about the music and the music was damn great!