Let's face it: Plenty of senior citizens are better dancers than Mick Jagger.
Strutting around the stage of New York's Beacon Theatre in Shine a Light, Martin Scorsese's documentary highlighting the Rolling Stones' 2006 shows at the relatively intimate venue, Jagger, who turns 65 in July, alternately resembles a hyperactive aerobics instructor and a guy who has had one too many at a karaoke bar.
That doesn't matter, of course, to fans who grew up and have grown older with the Stones. For Jagger and his cohorts, with the possible exception of drummer Charlie Watts, aging gracefully has never been part of the game plan. The band has sustained its living legend by denying age altogether, thus enabling baby boomers to also enjoy eternal youth, at least vicariously.
The genius of Scorsese's film, which is being shown in IMAX in 93 theaters, is that it reveals the Stones' mortality while celebrating all that makes them more than mere mortals. The director cannily sprinkles concert footage with archival clips charting the rock veterans' rise and the unflappable wit and resolve with which they managed it. We see them respond to breathless questions about their ambitions, trials and longevity. Asked by one reporter how much longer he sees himself "doing this thing," a very young Jagger says, with the slightest hint of cheek, "I think we're pretty well set up for at least another year."
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