Cinema Review: Foo Fighters: Back and Forth Colin D Miller April 18, 2011 Movie Reviews 819 Featuring interviews from every member of the band – both past and present, the film charts how Dave Grohl’s Foo Fighters rose from the ashes of Nirvana’s legacy and the journey that saw them become one of the worlds most successful stadium rock bands. Documenting how the line up changed through the years, Back and Forth is surprisingly candid and features some amusing anecdotes. The film does a great job in presenting all sides of the story – featuring interviews with former members William Goldsmith and Franz Stahl, we learn how they ended up leaving the band. We also learn how the band nearly split up on several occasions, with various fall outs and near death experiences testing their personal and professional relationships. On the creative side of things, we learn how Dave Grohl wrote “Enough Space”, saying that he needed a decent opener and how the tempo was inspired by British audiences tendancy to bounce up and down and then further explaining that he worked out the tempo by jumping up and down on the spot. It’s a shame the film doesn’t really explore the song writing process a bit further, as it would have been nice to know the background to the likes of “Best of You” and “The Pretender”. However, Back and Forth does document the recording process of the new album, Wasting Light – showing Foo Fighters getting back to basics and neglecting the more modern recording techniques in favour of analog tapes – all in Dave Grohl’s garage I might add. It’s a nice footnote to the story as it shows all the members of the band comfortable with where they are and with each other. Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Husker Du’s Bob Mould also turn up to help out on a few tracks. Ultimately, Back and Forth may not feature all the dramas and rock’n’roll behaviour you’d expect from a stadium filling band, so those expecting something on par with the mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap might be in for a disappointment. But it is honest, amusing and definitely worth checking out if you are a fan.