True, there are some Dumb or Dumber moments in The Pick Of Destiny. So many that one day I’ll probably be embarrassed that I posted this review. But overall the movie is quite funny, and the music is especially good for fans of Tenacious D or hair metal bands. I qualify for both categories there. Jack Black hits notes that would make The Darkness turn green with envy.
The Pick Of Destiny was directed by Liam Lynch (“The United States Of Whatever”) and tells the fictional history of Tenacious D. It’s worth watching simply for the opening scenes, which feature singing cameos by Meat Loaf as a religious conservative and Ronny James Dio as a rock poster come to life. There’s also the training sequence that deconstructs such hair metal singer trademarks as “the power slide” (sliding across the stage on your knees) and taking a glass bottle to the head while performing.
The movie also has a brief homage to A Clockwork Orange, and hilarious cameos by Ben Stiller, Tim Robbins, Amy Adams (Junebug, Talladega Nights), Saturday Night Live‘s Amy Poehler and Fred Armistead, and an almost unrecognizable Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) as The Devil.