U2 Popmart Live From Mexico City

The best concert movies — The Last Waltz, Stop Making Sense — bridge the impersonal distance typical of the live rock experience, creating an intimacy never possible when you’re just a face in the arena. U2’s PopMart tour attempted to combat such stadium anonymity with an overwrought stage show (a huge video screen, a giant lemon on a stick) designed to project to the backs of the world’s biggest venues. But unless your living room is the size of the Mexican stadium where this show was shot last December, the TV version of the PopMart behemoth will seem numbingly excessive, despite energetic versions of ”Where the Streets Have No Name” and ”New Year’s Day.” B-

U2 Popmart Live From Mexico City
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