Train wreck: Woodstock ’99 it’s about what you expect, which is neither good nor bad. I would still look at that.
The Netflix documentary series Trainwreck: Woodstock ’99 was released on August 3, 2022.
We all remember 1969’s Woodstock as one of the greatest music festivals of all time, but have you heard of 1999’s Woodstock? Well, Netflix released a three-part docuseries called Train wreck: Woodstock ’99. Is it worth looking at? Let’s dive in.
The three-part docuseries begins with some original footage of the aftermath of Woodstock in 1999. It looked like a complete disaster with overturned cars, garbage everywhere and fallen fences, and it was ugly. A montage of people talking about the festival ensued while also watching raw footage of people destroying Woodstock. I’ve never seen this footage and I’m PASSING OVER.
Next we get a collection of stories told by some of the attendees who were excited to be attending modern day Woodstock. Again, this is a brilliant tactic by the directors here, because the mix of people there and us watching the footage of it puts us right in the middle of this whole story.
They have some funny stories about the musicians including James Brown’s people who are looking for more money before he takes the stage. One of the promoters refused to move. After much back and forth, Brown finally took the stage and all was right with the world again. Followed by some fun stories about all the nudity and drugs that went on during the festival. I mean drugs, nudity, musicians, what could go wrong? I’m not the least bit shocked that this whole thing is a disaster.
Okay, everyone knows I hate it when documentaries are all over the place. Train wreck: Woodstock ’99 is the title of the show, and “trainwreck” is also the editorial word for this docuseries. It was everywhere, we went from drugs to the way they laid out the festival to nudity and I hated it. Like telling the story in a structured way that gets us working towards the great catastrophe, how hard is it?
The documentaries suffer from being way too long. There’s no reason this had to be three episodes long. We have three hours of a series that could have been an hour and a half of film. I make them drag things out because of the “content”. However, this was everywhere, making the three episodes feel like ten. So a message to all future docuseries, please make a movie out of this.
Despite all the negativity, most of the docuseries lived up to their name, train wreck. When you hear what happened behind the scenes, it’s no shock that this was a complete disaster. You can’t get that many people together with the idea of being on TV with drugs and music and not expect it to blow your mind. I was in awe during certain parts of it and what happened.
Overall, while the documentaries transcend their welcome, you can’t help but be in awe of this entire event. I appreciated the storytelling of the people who attended the show, whether it was the people who put it together or those who were there or covering it. It made the experience more authentic and not a complete waste of time.
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