This is not so much a documentary as it is a portrait of brotherhood and fame. It was a trial/error experience that survived. And it does work. It has the power to surprise you and give something more to the table than the regular tour doc with the band's music playing in the background. It's real and profound. I am a die-hard fan of the band, but even if I wasn't, I wouldn't have any trouble enjoying it.
Consistently funny, and occasionally sad, like a The National-themed version of Spinal Tap or The Office, except supposedly it's not a mockumentary. (Though can it really be both an unexaggerated, unfictionalized look at Tom Berninger, and the product of his own directorial vision, unfiltered by someone else's satirical perspective?)
It deserves some credit for trying salvage something different from an abortive standard rock documentary (however disingenuously), but it's dull. Whilst there's not much of interest to say about The National, there's only slightly more in the Berningers' sibling rivalry.
A novelty in the world of rock documentaries as this is more a document of a relationship between brothers. The younger Berninger has long felt he lived in the shadow of his rock star brother and decides to take advantage of a job offer (to roadie) and shoot a documentary at the same time.HIs ineptness as an employee reaps dividends in the footage captured making this a rare and honest back stage glimpse. Well done.