Picks and Pans Review: The Kids Are Alright: the Who

updated 07/23/1979 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/23/1979 01:00AM

It's all there—the swooping, guitar-smashing violence of Peter Townshend, the maniacal drumming of the late Keith Moon, the Buddha-like presence of John Entwistle and the tight-jeaned charisma of Roger Daltrey. The film has some funny moments: the group tearing off one another's clothes during a TV interview, Moon mock-trashing a hotel room on a tube special and Townshend's hilarious nonanswers to dumb questions by journalists. And one doesn't have to be a Who fan to be electrified by such songs as Who Are You, Tommy and Won't Get Fooled Again. But the rock documentary is at best limited: concert scenes, interviews and more concert scenes. After a while the sequence can get boring, and there's something sad about tracking The Who from 1967 to 1978. Partially it's the knowledge of Moon's death last year, but a film like this is also proof that a musical generation is slipping away. (PG)

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