The Wall (Nostalgia Critic)
"If missing the point was a sport, Doug Walker would be the champion of something for once in his life."— Sourcy
"The Wall" is an episode of the Channel Awesome web series Nostalgia Critic. It is the Nostalgia Critic's clipless "review" of the 1982 cult-following live-action/animation hybrid musical film Pink Floyd – The Wall based on the 1979 album of the same name by English rock band Pink Floyd, the review is featured special guest stars from Corey Taylor (also featured his son Griffin Taylor as young-self of Corey), Rob Scallon, Brad Jones and Satellite City creator Sam Fennah. The episode was uploaded on YouTube on September 18, 2019. It was heavily panned by various online music/internet critics, social media users, YouTubers, audiences, Pink Floyd fans, and even the Nostalgia Critic’s fans, in which the video earned 70k dislikes. "The Wall" is considered the worst "review" ever created by both Channel Awesome and Nostalgia Critic since "Let's Play: Bart's Nightmare", as well as one of the worst "reviews" of all time where many people said this is how not do to a review.
The nurse (played by Tamara Chambers) was cleaning the hallway when she noticed the sign at the door is not to disturb, then she leaves. After the titles, the only one who lives in this room was Slipknot and Stone Sour member Corey Taylor sitting on his couch emotionless until he noticed the YouTube video known as "The Wall - Nostalgia Critic" has arrived. He plays the video as The Critic discusses the 1982 live-action/animation musical film "Pink Floyd - The Wall" ("When the Wall Broke Free"). It jump-cuts to Corey as young-self (played by Griffin Taylor), where he enters the cinema to watch The Wall then he walks away in confusion. The nurse returns to knocking where it caused Corey into his flashbacks ("In the Floyd") as The Critic busted out the TV to show his version of the movie.
We go back to young Corey, where he found the VHS tape of "The Wall" under his father desktop drawers ("When the Wall Broke Free" again) as he becomes curious again that he likes to become a guitarist. We jump back to modern Corey. He noticed the creature is watching until his teacher (played by Rob Scallon) interrupts him, and the music distracts the students in his school rather than educate them as young Corey walks away from the school due to evil or mean-spirited teachers and poor U.S. education ("We Need More Victimization"). After this segment, two students (Tamara Chambers and Walter Banasiak) escape until they notice many other students trapped in the train that leads to somewhere. It causes them to think it was a reference to an infamous event in World War II until Critic (in a giant form) told them it wasn't. Critic releases the dove as surreal imaginary as the giant monsters appears in the war. ("So Long, Weird Song")
After the song, Critic is ready to play a slow mopey song until Corey Taylor skipped various parts, and he fell asleep. Later the nurse and Corey's crew (Brad Jones plays the manager, and Malcolm ray plays the employee) tried to wake him up, but to no avail, as Critic sings during the scene ("Comfortably Dumb"). The crew takes Corey in the garage, where he finally wakes up as he was being switched to The Critic played as Pink in Hammer cloth where he spread across the internet with a hashtag, outage culture, and tweeting. ("In the Floyd (Again?)", then "Waiting for the Point") After the song, Corey walk to the train station to search for Critic until he stopped by various people singing to bashing at "The Wall"'s run-time. ("Bring the Runtime Down")
Corey heads to the Channel Awesome studio to greet The Critic, where he gives Corey a message. His phone rings were Sullivan Croft (Sam Fennah) along with Hyzenthlay (Azure Douglas) that he tells Critic where is Lucy Lacemaker was that she appears randomly in the review. A Kivouachian cat-like creature, Lucy Lacemaker (Rikki-Leigh Taffurelli) appears front at Critic to talk about "The Wall" and even the various monster/creatures in "The Trail" segment that it was used for character development. Lucy and the others monsters (Winifred, Fontaine, Shuck, Mystique, Sombra, Fleischer, Ludwig, Dorothy and Luna) singing together for the finale ("Fennah's The Trial"). After the song is finished Critic destroys the wall, but Corey is confused about this which he didn't get a line or song where he told Critic about the movie as he simply said "the movie ended on such an open vagueness, that it only makes sense that the review end on such an open vagueness" then Corey angrily said it's was the opposite of review as Critic said he like it fine. Critic told what next, so Corey could play a song was one of his favorites as he sings with Critic and the crews of Channel Awesome at the end of the review was the "SpongeBob SquarePants" theme song.
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- It was another clipless review similar to "Deadpool 2", "Jurassic World", "Suicide Squad" and 2017 version of "It". Still, it used the music and image clips from the movie with different lyrics as the "review" despite the movie itself already being released on DVD.
- Even Corey Taylor himself told the Critic "It's a REVIEW! That's literally the opposite of what that is!", meaning it completely wasted for 40 minutes with only music and lack of an actual review.
- Speaking of which, the only thing this video does like a review is just saying "I think the film's fine" at the end, and that's it. No in-depth analysis, no reasoning, just one line about his thoughts on the movie in a 40-minute review.
- Everyone also commented that it feels more like a parody/satire rather than a review.
- When Doug was promoting the album for the review, he says it was "such a love letter to Pink Floyd's music and The Wall." Which it clearly isn't.
- It failed to talk about or even researched the entire movie and original album. Instead, all it felt like that Doug did was read the Wikipedia plot for a minute after a troll edited/vandalized it. Here are several reasons in various music segments based on the original version, not including new songs like "Corey!" (Which uses some stock music, but only three lines are "Corey"), "The Deeper Meaning" and even the "SpongeBob SquarePants" theme song.
- "In the Floyd" (In the Flesh?) - W.I.P.
- "When the Wall Broke Free" (When the Tigers Broke Free) - The first part is slightly understood as The Critic said "The Wall" is first released that it received mixed reviews, decent box-office then it disappeared until it earned a cult following from Pink Floyd fans years later to earned praise reviews from critics. However the second, he said this one has some spoiled child going through someone's property, but in the movie it's Pink as a kid who finds his deceased father's military stuff like his hat, scroll, and the bullets as Pink dresses up just like his father.
- "The Song After This One Is Really Good" (Another Brick in the Wall, Part 1/The Happiest Days of Our Lives) - W.I.P.
- "We Need More Victimization" (Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2) - This one is considered to be the worst and most infamous song where The Critic against this segment for "pandering like hell" (the album has a runtime of an hour and 21 minutes and the movie has a runtime of an hour and 35 minutes) and mocking at modern U.S. (United States) education like "LOL so school sucks? Grow a damn pair of balls!", but the setting of the album and movie is located in the U.K. (United Kingdom) where Pink as a child has a troubled life in school after World War II ended where all the teachers have become abusive or corrupt, which is explained by the fact that the headmaster is being pushed around by his wife.
- "So Long, Weird Song" (Goodbye Blue Sky) - The Critic said the monsters looked too silly and completely nonsensical. However, the album and movie where the monsters and planes are connected to The Blitz that's bombing and causing destruction to London with a large threatening mechanical eagle known as the Reichsadler (symbol from the Nazi) on it. To add extra salt-to-the-wound, he said the music feels like "Oscar bait", which couldn’t have been possible as the album was released three years before the film was.
- "The Forgotten Song" (Hey You) - W.I.P.
- "Is There Anybody Who Cares?" (Is There Anybody Out There?) - W.I.P.
- "Comfortably Dumb" (Comfortably Numb) - The Critic believes the film to be boring. Not only is Corey sleeping through the entire song, but Doug criticizes the film for having a lot of mellow songs back to back and having a slow pace, meanwhile making a parody video and album with pacing poorer than the film/album he’s reviewing.
- "In the Floyd (Again?)" (In the Flesh) - The video stops becoming a review and focuses more on Doug’s anti-cancel culture, (likely the #changethechannel movement) going against the point of a review. This is true for the next song as well.
- "Waiting for the Point" (Waiting for the Worms) - Doug brings Social Media into the song (again, going against the video’s point about critiquing the film). The hammers are replaced with mobile phones making the review dating itself in front of a timeless album/film. The song has a suspense crescendo near the end, yet the song doesn’t end until a few seconds after the suspense sound has.
- "Bring the Runtime Down" (Bring the Boys Back Home) - As previously mentioned in 2.4, the album and movie is 1 hour and 35 mins long which isn’t long for a movie. This is important because Doug only criticizes the length, which is hypocritical since one of his favorite films is Fantasia which is half an hour longer than The Wall.
- "Fennah's The Trial" (The Trial) - Not considered the worst but it has notable flaws. In this video, the monsters are used to criticize the film’s supposed lack of character development and the defense being that the film has no story and is just a series of moving pictures and music which isn’t the case as, in the album/film they’re figures from Pink’s past. Namely his teacher, his wife and his mother, before the judge tells him to finally tear down his social barrier. The review has no reason to “Tear down the wall” other than... Well, the movie did it, so the review should do it. Something he says in this review, saying the movie ended on an open note when it’s clear that Pink tore down his social barrier. The story didn’t have an open ending, it cycles back to the beginning in an endless loop.
- Terrible CGI (saving for Fennah in Redeeming Quality), lighting, green-screen and stop-motion effects in various segments. One notable example was in the "Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2" segment where the entire students run away or slowly march (in a bad looking green-screen that is reused and worse reversed) from the giant teacher (played by Rob Scallon) destroying cities. You can easily notice both the city is spinning to the left but the teacher is moved to the right.
- Poorly written and unfunny jokes.
- Much of the lyrics are both cringe-worthy and an insult to the movie, original album, and even Pink Floyd fans.
- The vocals are hard to hear due to terrible mixing. Made worse by the fact that there are no subtitles.
- Doug Walker's singing is the worst it has ever been since it sounds more hammed up than actually putting in an effort.
- Even the singing outside of Doug is flat out terrible.
- The theme for SpongeBob SquarePants at the end has nothing to do with Pink Floyd.
- As mentioned, this video is almost 40 minutes long, but because of the slow pace, complete with tons of filler, it feels more like 3 hours.
- World War I has nothing to do with Pink Floyd, either; in the movie, the main character aptly named Pink Floyd has a flashback that reveals his father was killed while defending the Anzio bridgehead during World War II, not World War I. (The Battle of Anzio occurred from January 22nd to June 5th 1944, 136 days)
- Besides the title of the video, the thumbnail itself doesn't include Nostalgia Critic himself; he's only depicted as the screaming face on the wall. Only a bizarre-looking photoshop that looks out-of-place with no context whatsoever.
- The critical reception was so negative that Rob Scallon permanently deleted the album from Bandcamp.
- Aside from The Trial, the music lacks character and sounds like it was an unfinished early demo. Considering how Doug constantly rushes his productions, it wouldn’t be surprising if it was the same case here.
- Making the review a musical is a pretty interesting concept if only they actually understood the symbolism behind the album and film, and had better songwriting and singing talents.
- The CGI on the creatures (mainly Lucy Lacemaker) and settings in "The Trial" segment by Satellite City creator Sam Fennah is very impressive.
- Even the 2D animated marching hammers by Fennah's girlfriend is also substantial.
- Fennah's dad's guitar solo at the climax of the scene was also pretty badass!
- Some instrumentals are excellent recreations of the original.
- The "Comfortably" Dumb segment has the only bit of good humor wherein one shot, the critic walks through a field before stopping to look around, visibly shouting "Where the fuck am I?" in frustration.
- The Honey Commercial segment was quite entertaining, even if it was an advertisement.
- It was the first Nostalgia Critic episode to be featured on Wikipedia, until it was deleted due to a policy.
- A Honey advert has become a meme due to Doug Walker's over-the-top reaction with the Endless Stairs music from Super Mario 64.
- The reason why Corey Taylor is featured in this is that his son, Griffin Taylor wanted to meet Doug Walker.