Time review of JB3D ‘..Their fans, some of whom ‘waited 72 hours in the rain’ for tickets to the Madison Square Garden concert that is the movie’s centerpiece. They reach across police barriers for a healing touch from the god-boys.
[The 3D effects, which include the flinging of sunglasses, guitar picks and other sacred relics into the crowd, are meant to bring the Brothers this close to their young viewers.]
Throughout, the tone is hopeful, exuberant; if the crowd included desperate stalker girls, you can bet they were edited out. In a way, the fans are as knowledgeable about their role as the Brothers are about theirs.
One shows up with Jonas-style sideburns charcoaled on her face. Three guys presenting themselves as faux-Jonases get a modicum of attention from the girls. That too is a hallowed tradition: dressing like a famous person in order to get attention and maybe some action.
That’s a dividing line between old and modern pop-music culture. The Beatles were just about the last gigantic group that was pre-sexual. The guys stood still, played and sang; their girl-fans screamed in veneration, not in venery. The Rolling Stones changed that.
From then on and forever, the public playing of rock ‘n’ roll was a physical activity, and the focus was on the lead singer’s sex appeal. By now that tradition is so dominant that it may not even be sexual; it’s simply the language of pop performance.. Read the full article here.