Even with Jack Black's eyebrows and a musical showdown with the devil, "Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny" is kind of a whiff. Directed by Liam Lynch from a script by Black, Lynch and Black's fellow Tenacious D band member Kyle Gass, "The Pick of Destiny" relays a tall-tale version of how two musicians met and became the world's most dangerous band. Gass may be the least likely fellow ever to co-star in a rock movie. He looks more like a roadie who lost his tour bus, or a bouncer gone to seed.
The film pulls a variation on the old Robert Johnson-sold-his-soul myth. JB (Black) and KG (Gass) discover that all the great rock guitarists used the same unholy pick -- the devil's own. It's now in the clutches of a rock 'n' roll museum in upstate California. In order to fulfill their show biz destiny and score with women much younger than they are, the boy-men set off in pursuit of the pick.
It's all pretty inside-y, and while some of the offhanded gags work, director Lynch is no whiz when it comes to energizing a scene or feeding one swiftly into another. A large amount of dope is smoked in "The Pick of Destiny," perhaps the most since the salad days of Cheech & Chong. This may be the problem. Pot rarely helped anybody's comic timing.
'Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny'
Directed by Liam Lynch; screenplay by Jack Black, Kyle Gass and Lynch; cinematography by Robert Brinkmann; edited by David Rennie; production design by Martin Whist; music by John King and Andrew Gross; produced by Black, Gass and Stuart Cornfield. A New Line Cinema release; opens Wednesday. Running time: 1:40. MPAA rating: R (for pervasive language, sexual content and drug use).
JB - Jack Black
KG - Kyle Gass
Lee - JR Reed
Bud Black - Meat Loaf
The Stranger - Tim Robbins