Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon
Time Out says
Kings of Leon is comprised of three brothers from the outskirts of Talihina, Oklahoma – lead singer Caleb, drummer Nathan, bassist Jared – with cousin Matthew on lead guitar. The documentary tags along for a family reunion and uses the group’s visit as a springboard to illustrate their roots.
And what funky, impoverished roots. Imagine ‘Deliverance’ meets ‘Winter’s Bone’ and you’ll have some idea of the kind of characters from which the group spawned. Religion runs through the veins of the entire family, and it’s this element that proves most intriguing: not just the group’s religious background (illustrated by moments of prayer and family footage of the young band members going through a euphoric religious ceremony, but also the conflict of interest singer Caleb feels since having taken to playing ‘the devil’s music’.
The slice-and-dice editing makes it a little difficult to work out who’s who (some of the southern drawl accents, too, are difficult to distinguish), but for the most part this works as both a decent documentary on a popular rock band and a look at rustic life in the Bible Belt. Fear not, fans, there’s still a decent chunk of live and studio footage to keep you happy. But this is a documentary for anyone.