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Rush: Time Stand Still – only fans should be rushing to theatres for this one

2 out of 4 stars

Title
Rush: Time Stand Still
Written by
Dave Bidini
Directed by
Dale Heslip
Starring
Neil Peart, Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee, Jillian Maryonovich
Genre
Documentary
Classification
PG
Country
Canada
Language
English
Year
2016

Rush music isn't for everyone. Neither is Rush: Time Stand Still, a rock-doc chronicle of the band's purported final tour in 2015. To the non-fans of the Canadian prog-rock trio who were filled up on the band's y underdog place in rock history with 2010's excellent Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, this new film serves as nothing more than an extra chapter. So, it's a fans-only special – one more gathering for the A Farewell to Kings aficionados. The drama to the exit-stage-left story happens early, when we hear that the road-weary drummer Neil Peart freaked out when guitarist Alex Lifeson guilted him into the tour by pulling out the "arthritis card." Otherwise, there's little tension to the final-show countdown, with occasional limelight thrown on hard-core Rush nuts. Narration by actor Paul Rudd – an inside joke, that – is occasionally stilted, with lines such as "age has a hand on the pen that writes the story" worth a chuckle. Fact is, any pen that writes any last-time narrative feels forced; the suspicious rock 'n' roll fan has heard the "final-tour" jive before. Time stands still, until the next time.

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Brad Wheeler is an arts reporter with The Globe and Mail. More

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