I feel like someone should pinch me because I’ve been having an absolute dream of a year when it comes to music documentaries. I know I have mentioned before (or, in reality, waxed on endlessly about this) in my postings about The Beatles documentary from a month and a half ago, the recent X-Japan and Oasis films and more recently I have seen the Spirit Of The West last tour movie. Not being hugely attached to that band, although I praise the film as brilliant, my fan draw to that movie, Spirit Unforgettable, wasn’t overly huge. It’s a whole different story when it comes to this one, Time Stand Still, and that may be an understatement.
This film follows the emotional final collective journey of three of the greatest musicians of all time, singer and bass player Geddy Lee, guitar player Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart, who, together, form the greatest trio of all time, Rush. After forty years of making music and touring, the ailments of aging have forced them to put an end to their lives on the road, selling out arenas. This documentary sends you right along with them as they travel from city to city with the same road crew they’ve had for years, some of them going back to their beginnings. Exploring the relationship with these rock icons as they put their all into their final hurrah, the film also takes the time to give a few stories of the fans who have been loyal to Rush since the beginning, finding directions in life or even the strength to fight to survive through their music.
As a massive Rush fan, this movie was absolutely satisfying. To think that these musicians, who cut out their own niche within the progressive rock genre and brought people together and bonded them simply by their fandom, is enough to bring a tear to my eye. Knowing that both Lifeson and Peart are suffering from arthritis now, slowly losing the ability to play their instruments is a heartbreaking thought, especially, in my opinion, with Neil – who is the greatest drummer of all time. It’s a thought that is never far from your mind, yet you can let it loose a bit when you see them give their all, night after night, city after city.
Theatrically, this film is a must for any concert and moviegoer who just wants to see some musical history on screen, because, undoubtedly, Rush holds some major accolades over four decades of work. It may also humble that piece of you that says you’re the biggest Rush fan on the planet, as fans are telling the documentarian, Dale Heslip, that this is their fiftieth, ninetieth or even one hundred and fiftieth time seeing them live. You don’t have shit on these guys fandom! 4/5