The Greatest Night in Pop (2024)

The Greatest Night in Pop (2024)

PG-13

netflix

A nostalgic, behind-the-scenes look into the classic 80’s supergroup single

7.7

Movie

United Kingdom, United States of America
English
Documentary, Music
2024
BAO NGUYEN
Al Jarreau, Anita Pointer, Bette Midler
97 min

TLDR

Now, how do we get today’s stars to do something like this?

What it's about

On January 25, 1985, some of America’s biggest music stars met to record a song for charity, altering global pop culture history.

The take

We Are the World is a charity single created for African famine relief. It was a smash success– it inspired plenty of other charity singles and already has a TV documentary about it. But The Greatest Night in Pop reveals new behind-the-scenes footage with a home video flair, intercut with interviews from those who were in the booth on that fateful day. The anecdotes about that night might have already been said elsewhere, but director Bao Nguyen manages to capture the energy in the room, peeking into the emotions of the various personalities that helped shape the song. It’s an intriguing, if straightforward documentary, and it’s certainly a treat watching the decade’s best voices collaborate to make this one track.

What stands out

The story material. The documentary plays off with the usual Netflix panache, but when the plot involves, amongst other things, Michael Jackson’s lost pet snake Lionel being found, it makes sense why the film doesn’t place any additional flair.

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