The Police, formed in 1976 as a child of the punk revolution, quickly formed a sound all their own one which sky-rocketed the trio into music history. Two short years later as the band was still plugging away at their music and performing pretty much everywhere they could, Police drummer Stewart Copeland purchased a super 8 movie camera and began filming himself, Sting, and Andy Summers every step of the way as they rose to rock and roll stardom.
With a whopping 50 hours of film to weed through and pick from, Copeland pieced this movie together and narrated it for the viewers. Its commentary is both humorous and in earnest, an extremely personal point of view often coming from behind a set of drums.
Though fans tend to think they know everything about the bands or performers that they love because they watch all the music videos, go see as many concerts as they can, and devour any press written or broad casted, Everyone Stares... gives fans the unique treat of seeing not only what went on the rest of the time, but often how it looked from the band's eyes.
As The Police scaled the charts and grew in popularity, we get to see other things growing as well; the one-time crew of family and friends increased exponentially, drums sets and stages got bigger, and of course the audiences turned into a massive sea of bodies. And the band vans turned into band buses which then turned band planes.
Some highlights of this movie include...
...Clips of the band performing at some of the mammoth music festivals in Europe while drunken front-row fans lie upon the stage singing along with Sting.
...Lots of footage of the band traveling, making videos, at photo shoots, in the studio and at rehearsals, and some wonderful clips from the band's concerts over the years.
...Some frightening scenes of the mobs of people creating a human barricade between arena exits and the band's limo. And equally jarring scenes of fans throwing their bodies against the car once the band was inside.
...A rather impressive jam session performed by the band's crew.
...Watching members of The Police sailing around on a yacht in Hawaii once their status had climbed to mega-star level.
...And boys will be boys - an amusing scene of Sting and Summers fighting like kid brothers.
Another dose of reality which this movie brings home is the true essence of what Sting, Summers, and Copeland were really like as people. All gifted musically and each with the talent for writing songs that appeared to be catchy little ditties at first listen, but had the raw materials to become massive hits. Sting - the most reserved of the three, Summers the quintessential clown, and Copeland the eyes of the band; a little bit of clown in Copeland as well, but for the most part he was the man behind the camera soaking in the makings of the musical greatness he was concurrently contributing to.
After about a decade together, fame began to drive a wedge between members, and the entire process simply wasn't as much fun as it used to be. The film ends on a melancholy note with the band's demise. However, bonus footage include another 20 minutes from footage of better times, and a commentary by Andy Summers and Steward Copeland.
An excellently presently, personal memoir given to fans of The Police. Copeland should be commended for his dedication to this one-time hobby, and thanked whole heartily for his allowing fans to peek into the personal side of the band's life.