"What's wrong with this picture?" asks Green Day vocalist-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong near the conclusion of "Cuatro!" "There's absolutely nothing (expletive) wrong with this picture!"
He's talking about a particular point in time, yet his response to his own question also serves as a fitting summary to this motion picture. The Tim Wheeler-directed "Cuatro!" is a well-made, properly paced and vastly interesting documentary about the 1 ½ years Green Day put into making its three latest albums — "Uno!," "Dos!" and "Tre!," all of which were released in a span of just over two months in the fall.
There's plenty of humor and high jinks to be found here, with Green Day acting like the 21st century version of the Beatles in "A Hard Day's Night." Some will certainly knock "Cuatro!" for eschewing any real evidence of Armstrong's substance abuse problems, which would become very public knowledge soon after the filming. Yet, I really enjoyed the focus on Green Day as a band of brothers -- guys who have been through so much together and who are still creating meaningful music after 25 years in the business.
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