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Fans of Green Day might find it harder to get the same rush out of the band’s music after watching this extended, self-congratulatory PR plug for the 2009 stage adaptation of their 2004 album, “American Idiot.” All their transgressive energy and ecstatic ennui, seen in here in rousing footage of past concerts, reduced to the aesthetics of “Cats”?
I haven’t seen the production, and judging from reviews it may not be half bad, with Armstrong especially powerful in the lead role. But first-time director Doug Hamilton does it no favors with this high-beam piffle passing as a “making of” documentary.