Classic Thoughts: Rollings Stones Live at the Max

Since I was unavailable to post this yesterday, I am moving this week’s Classic Thoughts column to today.

Last week when I saw Shine a Light in IMAX, it was my second experience seeing a Rolling Stones concert film in the format.

This film was my first (and better) experience. This film was made in 1991, so the Stones were a slightly younger band than they are now (Mick Jagger was 48). It was also made before IMAX became mainstream and I saw the film at the original IMAX theatre (that being the Ontario Place Cinesphere in Toronto) sometime in the mid-90s.

While Shine a Light incorporated documentary elements into the concert, At the Max was pure performance and it featured most the bands hits.

It’s that fact alone that made this film a bit more of a rewarding experience than Shine a Light. While Scorsese’s film is a good example of how the band can still rock, this film is a good example of the band just plain rocking.


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).