17
Jul
17

Beware of Mr. Baker – Fucking Amazing!

beware-mr-bakerGinger Baker, you learn, craves privacy and his personality has morphed from being a crazy rock star, to just a mean old man who wants to be left alone to die. Living on his compound in South Africa, he appears to have intentionally wanted complete anonymity; yet allows this young reporter to live with him and ask revealing and personal questions, over and over, and over. The tension at times is incredibly palpable yet like the details of a violent crime, you are compelled to be curious and learn as much as you can, taking in every detail of this once legendary drummer.

The details of his life is a rollercoaster of excess and insanity, drug addiction, poor business decisions, and ruined relationships. Baker wants nothing to do with the music business, his past, or really his future. Ironically he has a drum set in his house that just sits idol, perhaps reminding him of a different time and life he once had control over, yet he rarely is able to play due to health issues that persist.

I like how the movie narrates his life with various animations that depict stages of his life (negative and positive) where major outside influences made significant impacts with regard to why he played, and how he played. You begin to develop a real sense of how influential Baker was in the music world.

As the movie progresses you learn he is suffering from serious health conditions, but he continues to be a heavy smoker despite the consequences. Baker seems content to just smoke cigarettes and be left alone waiting to die.

The movie is good and incredibly eye opening, but at the end of it all, you can’t get over how much of a grouch this guy really is and how he has lead his life to be so self-destructive..

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