Pink Floyd The Wall: Review


Darla Burrola

Pink Floyd’s The Wall is an imaginative and artistic masterpiece from its first album release in 1979, to its live action musical animated film in 1982. The Wall is about a famous rocker who slowly slips into insanity while he builds a wall to protect him from the world. With every trial, from catching his mother cheating to his father’s absence, brick by brick builds a wall isolating himself into his very own world of fantasy.
One of the most popular songs in the album The Wall, talks about the school system and its broken program of conformity and drainage of all creativity. Both the film and the album touch on destructive faults and holes in things such as relationships, society and even human nature.
At the end of the film, you start to see the struggling rocker slowly progressing towards being imprisoned by the wall and the heavy use of drugs. This fantasy world which he has created now turns against him and transforms him into a dictator like persona which declares a war like havoc. At his high as a dictator he kills his idol, his father, by the war he created. He then reaches his point and resolves to bring down the wall he lived and built so long in. It is then up to you to decide if the destruction of the wall was his rebirth, or his eventual death.
The written and musical aspects made by Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters, create a cinematic masterpiece. The wall is a piece of work that is quite worthy of the word genius.