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The Sadies - The Very Beginning  4. The Sadies - The Very Ending  6. The Sadies - Another Tomorrow Again  7. The Sadies - Another Yesterday Again  8. The Sadies - The Lesser Key  The First 5 Minutes So Much Blood The Very Begining Starting All Over Again The Very Ending Another Tomorrow Again Another Yesterday Again Leave This World Behind The notion that Roth somehow mystically represented the weird, the outcasts, the losers, fails to address the fact that all those millions of monster sweat shirts, all those Revell models, all those Rat Fink records and toys, were bought in large majority by average, well-adjusted American kids, who didn't have a problem wearing not only a Rat Fink t-shirt, but also a pair of Mickey Mouse ears Roth's most hated symbol of status-quo America.
It shouldn't be forgotten, when critics and thinkers blather on about Roth's influence in bringing about the end of conventional America - because he was inherently a rebel - that when Revell wanted Roth to become more of a "character" to sell more models, he complied. At the very beginning of the film, one gets a feeling that maybe, just maybe, the film is going to be more than just a one-sided celebration of Ed Roth.
We see archival footage of Ed, just six months prior to his death, dressed in his familiar get-up, while John Goodman, narrating as Roth now dead, saying he just doesn't get these weird fans who weren't even alive when he was customizing cars. He laments having to sign this crap although there's no mention of whether or not he has to do it for monetary reasons.
And then What starts out as a possible examination of a myth, merely becomes a celebration of it. It doesn't help that Roth is portrayed in the film vocally by John Goodman, with an annoying, uninflected, bored-to-tears narration. I guess he and the director think it's cool to be so laid-back as to sound asleep, but frankly, I could have used some energy there to make Roth come alive.
After all, look at the photos of Roth throughout the film; he looks pretty crazy and wild. Where Go Further suffered from a dearth of stylistic imagination, Rat Fink suffers from an overabundance of goofy ideas.
The cutesy conceits begin with having John Goodman narrate the film as Roth from beyond the grave, then telling Roth's story largely through anthropomorphized, talking customized Roth cars voiced by big names like Jay Leno, Brian Wilson, Tom Wolfe, Ann-Margret, and Matt Groening. But regardless of who's voicing them, Roth's cars tend to act like cartoon greasers. My Film Diary. I'm trying to learn! Cool Documentaries. List of movies I own. Movies watched in Use the HTML below.