I bought my first Rush album in 1979 and have been a fan ever since. If you're reading this there's a good chance that you already know about their legendary musicianship and thought-provoking lyrics. The story of where they came from and how they got to where they are today is perhaps less well known.
The movie takes you on a journey back to where Alex and Geddy first met, and gives an insight into their background, including an attempt to find the first place they played as Rush. We follow their career through many ups and downs (including an argument between a teenage Alex and his parents over his choice of career-don't miss Alex's reaction to seeing his younger self!) through the story of Neil's double tragedy to the present day via "Rush in Rio" and "R30". There are many celebrity contributions-Sebastian Bach is particularly entertaining (intentionally or otherwise). Ther is of course some concert footage, but quite frankly that's not the reason for buying this, there are other DVD's which serve that purpose admirably.
This is the story of a band who don't have the high profile of a Madonna, Led Zeppelin or Iron Maiden, but who have persisted in going their own way despite having many reasons to give up along the way. My favourite example is that when they came to the fourth album (2112) the record company wanted short commercial songs so they recorded a "concept album" dealing with the state versus the individual where the entire first side was one song divided into sections. Because this sold as well as it did they then had the freedom to do as they wished.
I think one of the key features which contributed to it winning an award at the TriBeCa festival in 2010 must be the charm and humanity of the story-they give a real impression of being three people who care about each other and the music they produce and refuse to compromise. And the scene in the restaurant where they get gently squiffy is a real laugh as well. It's a wonderful watch.