"Taking Woodstock" is a cinematic mess. The film takes place in 1969, in rural upstate New York, in the area surrounding the world's most popular music festival. That's right, it's a movie about a world-famous music festival with NO MUSIC. It focuses on a dysfunctional family and a screen-load of disgruntled locals trying to deal with half-a-million squatters.
Oscar-winning director Ang Lee should know better. His camera swirls all around the festival without ever actually attending the event. It's a frustrating point of view and a heavy-handed approach to what could have been a magical movie-going experience.
The screenplay ends itself to over-acting. Make sure to look for Liev Schrieber in an awkward roll as a cross-dressing former marine. Go figure, a great director, a great event; and the result is simply a disappointing, unsatisfying film. "Taking Woodstock" is rated R for an absurd amount of nudity.