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Death of a Rockstar

USA 2020
produced by
Röckët Stähr for Rock N Roll Heaven
directed by Röckët Stähr
starring the voices of Röckët Stähr, Abby Ahmad
written, music and animation by Röckët Stähr

animation

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's 20164, and the US has long been turned into an authoritarian and theocratic country led by the Czar where rock'n'roll and free thought are banned. Mad scientist Creigh A. Tohr (voiced by Röckët Stähr) has decided to fight the system though, which is why he clones Röcky Stähr (again Röckët Stähr) from his own genes, a four-armed glam rocker who can play the guitar and bass and sing at the same time. And Röcky Stähr's music catches on almost immediately, much to the dismay of the Czar and his cronies.

Ronnie (Abby Ahmad) is a young woman who can't stand the reactionary views of her parents anymore, which is why she runs away, with no idea where to go. Eventually, she pretty much stumbles into one of Röcky's concerts, catches his eye, and the two fall in love at first sight, much to the dismay of Creigh A. Tohr, as he starts to lose control over his own creation. This comes to a boiling point after they have eloped to get married, and Creigh forces Robbie to leave Röcky for his own sake - as he puts it. With once again nowhere to go, Ronnie's soon arrested by the Czar's men and hypnotized to kill Röcky.

In the meantime, Röcky's career goes from strength to strength, but without Ronnie his life feels empty. So it takes its while until he figures the "individualism" Creigh is selling his fans through him and his music is just a different kind of brainwashing from what the Czar does. But Röcky goes on performing, good son that he is, always hoping Ronnie will come back one day. And coming back she does, but hell-bent on doing the Czar's bidding ...

 

Now when it comes to storyline, this movie takes more than a few inspirations from The Who's rock opera Tommy from more than 50 years prior, something that's even reflected in some the music (Death of a Rockstar is a musical with no "spoken" dialogue), but that's really part of the movie's concept, which in style, music and even plot is a throwback to 1970s rock music, especially glam rock, with many of the finest performers of the era at least getting a namedrop. Now this can of course be a recipe for disaster, but it works here, as the film's a loving hommage rather than parody or postmodernist commentary and really gets the era down, and the music doesn't only sound authentic, it's also pretty cool. But first and foremost, this film is above all else just really entertaining, and well worth a watch.

 

If this has gotten you at all interested, Death of a Rockstar if currently available on Tubi and The Roku Channel, as well as other digital platforms.

 

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