As been mentioned previously in two different posts, you are probably well-informed about Coldplay Live 2012 by now. It is the band's first concert film cum live album in nine years, accompanied with extraordinary footage of real live-concert from their successful Mylo Xyloto Tour. The live album is due to release in CD+DVD, CD+Blu-Ray and digital formats on 20 November in Malaysia but will first find the audience in cinemas. The limited Digital 2D presentation will be exclusively shown in three GSC cinemas for one night only on November 13. But is Coldplay Live 2012 a worthy addition into the list of must-have collectibles for the hard-core fans and to those who enjoyed their musics? The answer is yes.
Coldplay Live 2012 is directed by Paul Dugdale, the same person who is also responsible for Adele's Live at the Royal Albert Hall and The Prodigy's World's On Fire concert films. The film documents Coldplay’s acclaimed Mylo Xyloto world tour, which has been seen by more than three million people since it began in June 2011.
The film opens with the brief opening track and followed by "Hurts Like Heaven", the band's fifth single from Mylo Xyloto, which will be officially released on November 18. Unlike any other concert films you have seen before, Live 2012 cuts away those unnecessary behind-the-scene chatters or screaming random fans. Instead it goes directly into the point by relating each member's experiences, excitement and anticipation for the tour, which are laid with honest emotion. Band's front-man Chris Martin talks about the nerves before each show, why the rest of the band members - Guy, Will and Johnny do talk about their fans' expectation, favorite stops and the experiences of been away from the loved one. I find that these simple "few minutes thoughts" to be much more effective in conveying messages, shortly and well-condensed.
The concert film sets in various locations across a diverse geographical nature. A majority of the footage are taken from their Paris stop of Stade de France, Bell Centre in Montreal, Hollywood Bowl in LA, Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid and so much more.
But the main purpose of Live 2012 is to entertain. The list of songs amounting to 16 in total is a smart integration and brilliantly mixed playlist that contains the variety of familiar Coldplay's past hits like "Viva la Vida", "Violet Hill", "Yellow" and "Fix It", as well as their recent musical line-ups like a duet with Rihanna's "Princess of China", "Charlie Brown" and "Paradise". All in all, Live 2012 is fully marveled with fascinating show-stopping performances, genuinely indulged styles and artistically resonating the concept so perfectly. Live 2012 is a dash of entertaining artistry, taken with a grandiose of honorable emotion and engaging visual stunts accompanying the footage. The atmospheres are nevertheless electrifying, sprinted with a gushing colors. Do watch out for the surprise during "Charlie Brown".
Coldplay Live 2012 is a psychedelic graffiti experience that both excites and invokes.
Thanks to Warner Music Malaysia and Golden Screen Cinemas for the special preview at GSC Mid Valley.