I’ve just watched The School of Rock for the first time and I don’t know why it took me 6 years to finally watch it. It’s Probably because of Jack Black, who I don’t like that much (I think the sometimes do thins in a forced way), but I do like him in High Fidelity, though. Anyway, the film is absolutely great and I recommend it in case you haven’t watched it already. It has plenty of good music and it sends a good message at the same time. I wish I had seen the film back then, because by now I would have watched it a gazillion times. But there’s still plenty of time to do that (hopefully).
The film is about a guy (Jack Black) who still believes in the power of rock to change lives, to change the world, even – but The Man has ground his spirit down. He slowly has to accept that no, there’s nothing he can do about the fact that The Man rules the world. All he can do is build his little corner of it. And build it he does.
Here’s a quote from the film where he explain what The Man actually is:
Yeah, you can try, but in the end you’re just gonna lose, big time, because the world is run by the Man. The Man, oh, you don’t know the Man. He’s everywhere. In the White House… down the hall… Ms. Mullins, she’s the Man. And the Man ruined the ozone, he’s burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank! And there used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called rock ‘n roll, but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV! So don’t waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome ’cause the Man is just gonna call you a fat washed up loser and crush your soul. So do yourselves a favor and just GIVE UP!
But they didn’t give up! They formed a rock band and therefore they rocked!