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Eddie Vedder in “Let’s Play Two: Pearl Jam Live at Wrigley Field.”

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After a 108-year drought, the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series last year. Maybe you heard.

Among the team’s most exultant fans was Eddie Vedder, the frontman for Pearl Jam. The band may be synonymous with Seattle and the grunge-rock scene there that spawned it, but Mr. Vedder was born and raised in suburban Chicago, and is devoted to the Cubs. In 2008, he even wrote “All the Way” for the club.

Let’s Play Two: Pearl Jam Live at Wrigley Field” — the title was a favorite expression of the beloved Cubs shortstop Ernie Banks — is a blend of concert film and sports diary, chronicling Pearl Jam’s two August shows at Wrigley during the 2016 season, then capturing highlights of the team’s championship run.

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By ABRAMORAMA on Publish Date September 26, 2017.


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Directed by Danny Clinch, “Let’s Play Two” provides neither as complete a Pearl Jam concert as “Touring Band 2000” nor as illuminating a band history as Cameron Crowe’s “Pearl Jam Twenty.” But it shares a side of Mr. Vedder his fans will enjoy: the baseball aficionado who fills out a scorecard and treats Wrigley sod as holy ground. A rehearsal with other band members — the guitarists Stone Gossard and Mike McCready, the bassist Jeff Ament and the drummer Matt Cameron — atop Murphy’s Bleachers, across from the ballpark, recalls the Beatles’ rooftop concert, and their Wrigley performances of hits like “Corduroy,” “Jeremy” and “Alive” demonstrate Pearl Jam remains as potent as ever.

The film’s last third toggles, somewhat awkwardly, between the shows and clips from the postseason. The music’s great, the baseball … well, we know the outcome; what will the Cubs do for an encore? With the team again back in the playoffs, the cry is now “Let’s win two.”

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