The Eagle Huntress (2016)

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The Eagle Huntress Movie Review

The Eagle Huntress is a 2016 Mongolian documentary film directed by Otto Bell and telling the story of Aisholpan Nurgaiv. It is a pretty good, if inherently flawed flick.

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This is no ordinary bird.

This was a tough endeavor

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It is about a 13-year-old Kazakh girl in Mongolia who became the first female eagle hunter in her generation and country. Naturally it has a feminist message, but that message is conveyed in a good instead of overly aggressive or expected manner. She truly is an inspirational person and that is why she was a great center of this fascinating story.

The movie is controversial for supposedly featuring staged sequences and events and many even question whether or not it is a true documentary and whether it is factual or exaggerated. In my honest opinion, there are definitely some forced scenes here and I agree that it should have felt more like a documentary, but more on that later. However, I still think that those criticisms are a bit unfair and I choose to believe that the film is factual. And whether or not it is real, it still remains an inspirational story for women everywhere.

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There is no denying the film’s technical aspects. The Eagle Huntress looks amazing. Its cinematography is so good that it is one of the best shot movies of the year. Its crane and aerial shots are absolutely gorgeous and watching the snowy mountain imagery was beautiful. The film is also well directed and edited and although it should have been shorter, it is mostly really entertaining and interesting to watch.

It was to me interesting because I didn’t know anything about Mongolia and eagle hunters before and now I am acquainted with it quite a bit so the film did its job and succeeds as a good documentary. The highlights are definitely those hunting sequences which are phenomenal and so fascinating, if brutal to watch. I thought that the film explained to us the viewers everything we need to know about this interesting Mongolian tradition.

Where the film isn’t as great is in its interviews. As I said before, it isn’t much of a documentary because it plays too much like a live-action film and that wasn’t the problem, but my biggest issue was the lack of more interviews. I think the film does have enough of Aisholpan and her family, but the interviews with the other people are sparse and lacking.

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But it is so well made and it looks splendid. It deals with an interesting subject matter and was thus intriguing and always engaging to me personally. That is why I honestly think it was snubbed for Best Documentary by the Academy as its inclusion would have led to a much diverse list than the one we unfortunately got. Overall, I really liked this film and even though it is filled with some pretty big issues, the overall experience is wonderful, fascinating and ultimately emotionally rewarding.

Regardless of its controversy which is unfortunate, The Eagle Huntress is still such a good and mostly satisfying documentary. It needed to have more interviews, but it tells us everything we need to know about this Mongolian tradition and it is always fascinating and very involving to watch. It is also emotional and its biggest strength is the cinematography with aerial shots which are absolutely stunning leading to one of the best looking films of the year.

My Rating – 4

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Häxan (1922)

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Häxan Movie Review

Häxan is a 1922 Swedish/Danish documentary horror silent film directed by Benjamin Christensen. It is a pretty good, intriguing experiment.

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Poor little hysterical witch!

In the middle ages you were in conflict with the church.

Now it is with the law

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It is  a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts. Because I have always been interested in this particular subject matter, I found this movie to be quite fascinating at times. That is not to say that it is without its problems and there are many on which I will elaborate later, but the film is mostly a successful and definitely admirable experiment as rarely have I seen a film quite like this one.

It is a mix of documentary and horror which is, needless to say, quite authentic and interesting. I loved its distinctive visual style and how well thought out it is. It explains you almost everything you need to know about witch-hunts and the second half in particular is quite engaging.

But the problem with Häxan lies in its first half. Yes, the documentary approach here isn’t the greatest. And even though the mix of fiction and documentary is interesting, it definitely felt odd at times and tonally weird. Those passages where they explain this subject were overlong and filled with too many intertitles and not enough images. Some of the imagery was quite striking, but I still would have preferred to have seen real footage or fictionalized footage that is.

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Häxan is exceptionally well made and crafted. The problem is that it is just never as entertaining as I hoped it would have been given its fascinating subject matter and it disappointed me a little overall, but the direction from Benjamin Christensen is excellent and some scenes are just so memorable. And the special effects are simply outstanding and so revolutionary for its time period. In the end, even though it isn’t the best that foreign cinema of the twenties has to offer, it is still so intriguing and different that I admired it a lot.

Häxan definitely is tonally odd, it isn’t as engaging as it could have been and the mix of documentary and horror is weird, but that mix is still authentic and very interesting, some of the imagery here is quite striking, it deals with its interesting subject matter really well and it is mostly exceptionally well made and visually magnificent. It has its flaws, but it is certainly one of the most unique silent films.

My Rating – 4

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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

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An Inconvenient Truth Movie Review

An Inconvenient Truth is a 2006 documentary film directed by Davis Guggenheim and starring and written by Al Gore. It is one of the most overrated documentaries.

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What we take for granted might not be here for our children.

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I really disliked this film and for many obvious reasons, at least they were obvious to me. It is obviously good meaning with a good message and a respectable goal, but I just couldn’t get into it mainly because it felt overly aggressive in tone. It was made to scare people more than to help every one of us and this entire subject matter has been proven time and time again to be exaggerated for hysteria. Some statements here were just false or repetitive or definitely overly emphasized for dramatic effect.

Al Gore is another reason why to me An Inconvenient Truth fell apart. I just could not accept this choice for him to be the center of the movie at all. I do not blame the director as maybe Davis Guggenheim would have done a better job with someone else, but with Al Gore it proved to be disastrous. For one, he talks about polluting Earth and blames everyone and is a self-proclaimed environmental activist and yet he drives expensive cars and planes and does contribute to polluting himself.

Another problem is that he just isn’t a scientist. The movie would have been much better had it focused on real science and spoken by a real scientist who knows what he’s talking about and not some environmentally conscious politician. And I’ve also had a feeling that he wasn’t particularly honest and something felt off in his speeches. Maybe this was his carefully choreographed step for a major political goal, I don’t know. But he just seemed dishonest here.

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And the final and biggest problem the film has is its awful technicalities. It is basically one giant slideshow of pictures, there isn’t any direction, or cinematography or good editing to be had here whatsoever. Certainly nothing artistic or cinematic and that is my major gripe with it and why I think it thoroughly did not deserve its Oscar for Best Documentary.

An Inconvenient Truth means well and presents a good goal, but that is all I can say that is good about it. It is otherwise an immensely overrated, frustrating movie that put Al Gore at the center of it which is a choice that is bad for many reasons and it is just a technically awful movie (consisting of basically one giant slideshow) that did not deserve its Oscar at all.

My Rating – 2.5

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The Cove (2009)

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The Cove Movie Review

The Cove is a 2009 documentary film directed by Louie Psihoyos. It is a famous, Oscar-winning documentary that is very good, but admittedly flawed.

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When you’re out swimming in the ocean and you have whales and dolphins come by you,

it is one of the most incredible experiences ever.

It’s so humbling that this wild creature would come up and be so interested in you.

It’s… It’s unbelievable, really

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The film questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan. I felt that the documentary succeeded in presenting us this issue and giving us the glimpse at what goes on in there. The Taiji dolphin drive hunting is truly appalling, but it is even worse when it tells us that dolphin meat is bad for humans as it can lead to mercury poisoning. That just made the thing a lot worse than it already was.

The Cove was to me a fascinating and very involving film because I myself am interested in this subject matter and I love dolphins. I loved how the documentary showcased their nature and their intelligence was well presented along with their compassion. It is absolutely mind-blowing to think about it, but dolphins actually save people from drowning and shark attacks. They are these highly intelligent, sweet and caring creatures that are just incredible and the film perfectly showcased that.

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However, The Cove is very flawed. It presents us just one side of the issue and never at all cares to give us the other side’s opinion. That was frustrating to me. And it even went into greater heights at actually portraying the Japanese people as monsters and basically as villains. That was so annoying and just plain irresponsible and I totally understand why Japan would object to this film. This is the obvious problem that many American documentaries share and I just hope that they would stop with it, but my hope is futile.

I liked The Cove a lot, but I still found ‘Racing Extinction‘ to be a much better movie from the director and much more moving. Sure, Louie Psihoyos directed this feature really well and it is competently made, but the aforementioned film is much better crafted regardless. This film is moving, but it should have been much more emotional having in mind that this subject matter is just so heartbreaking. But the movie was still heartbreaking at times and always riveting to watch and important. It is a very important documentary that everyone should watch as this issue is unfortunately not as well known as it should be.

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The film is technically superb. I liked how intense it was in some scenes and how dramatic it felt to the point of this being a drama film at some points. It succeeds as a documentary because it explores this issue really well, but that one-sided point of view was hugely problematic. It is so well edited with never a wasted moment and it is just so engaging from start to finish. The tone is suitably dark and serious and I also really liked the interviews, mostly those in the first half as the ones with the Japanese people of course felt staged. The cinematography is good, the directing is excellent and the film is overall so well crafted. But I still wanted a lot more from it as its partial approach felt simplistic and unsatisfying. But it did deserve its Oscar and it needs to be seen by more people.

As heartbreaking as it is important, The Cove explores its subject matter really well with good interviews and giving us a great glimpse into these fascinating, highly intelligent and compassionate creatures. It is also well directed and so well edited and crafted. But even though it is riveting and well made, it is still hugely problematic for presenting just one side of the issue and for basically portraying the Japanese people as villains. That was unprofessional and too simplistic.

My Rating – 4

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Racing Extinction (2015)

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Racing Extinction Review

Racing Extinction is a 2015 documentary film directed by Louie Psihoyos. It is such a powerful call for action and the year’s finest documentary feature.

It is about the ongoing Anthropogenic mass extinction of species and it follows the efforts of scientists to document it. I found the subject matter not only engaging, but also incredibly important. This is the kind of film that everyone should see at some point. As the film itself states – if more people are educated about this matter, more help would go to the endangered species and some could even be saved. I was always interested in this subject matter and I always found the human species to be incredibly selfish. We are the ones who are responsible for this massive die-off so naturally we are the ones who should also stop it.

Racing Extinction is a propaganda film and although sometimes the film is too angry and preachy, it is all done for a good cause meaning that it is a positive propaganda piece which I admire. The film is so sad and poignant, so dramatic and such a powerful call for action that it might be tough for some to watch. It was for me as it was tragic to behold, all the more tragic because it is real and it is happening right now and most people are either not aware of it or don’t care at all. However, the film ends on such a positive and optimistic note full of hope and light that I absolutely loved it.

Yes, the film is heartbreaking. This is one of the saddest films I’ve seen in years and the one that almost moved me to tears. My heart was truly broken watching this movie and some sequences were almost impossible for me to bear. Those heartbreaking scenes are also the highlights here. I am talking of course about the scene where they photograph the last members of certain species. The shot of the very last member of Rabb’s fringe-limbed treefrog just destroyed me. That was indescribably tragic and one of the saddest scenes I have ever witnessed. Also, the scenes of the fish struggling to swim and the bird’s hopeless call for a mate is tragic. But, on the happier note, the ending is another highlight. It is just so moving and so triumphant and hopeful that I adored it.

Racing Extinction is such a strong film technically. That ending is incredibly well shot and presented and even artistic in its own right. The score in this movie is beautiful to listen to and it lifted some of the more poignant scenes to greater heights. The directing from Louie Psihoyos is also terrific and he did a wonderful job with it. The pacing is also solid. The only problem I’ve had with it is its first act which is not as inspired or nearly as engaging as the rest of the picture which is very involving. It just takes a lot of time to get there, but when it does, it becomes great in almost every aspect.

I liked the interviews as well and some of the scientists again almost made me cry. They clearly do care and you can see the pain in their eyes. You can see how much they try to help and how much they want to raise awareness and that was wonderful to witness. The message in this movie is great and I like how it is smart and they know what is essential for this to stop. It is one of the most emotional documentaries I’ve seen, but the emotion is always real and never forced which is such a great accomplishment.

They say that to raise awareness and educate people about this issue is essential, but I would add that the film industry itself should be more responsible. The fact that this movie wasn’t even nominated for an Oscar is just so devastating to me because not only is it the most important film of the year, but is also the most technically brilliant one and overall the best documentary of 2015. They should be ashamed that they didn’t even consider nominating it. Having in mind that ‘Project Nim’ was also snubbed, it is evident that they are prejudiced against these issues when they should be the most important ones to honor.

Racing Extinction is heartbreaking. It almost made me cry. It is filled with such tragic scenes that are difficult to watch, but it also ends on such a positive note with that beautiful and moving ending. The film takes its time to get there, but it is so well made and directed, it is very engaging and the subject matter is such an important one meaning that everyone should see it at some point. It is such a shameful Oscar snub, it is one of the saddest films I’ve ever seen and it is without a doubt the year’s finest documentary.

My Rating – 4.5

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Cartel Land (2015)

Cartel Land

Cartel Land Review

Cartel Land is a 2015 documentary film directed by Matthew Heineman. It is a critically acclaimed, yet to me typical and overrated film.

It is about the Mexican Drug War. I personally never was interested in politics, drugs or world news and this film is about those things and fails to make it accessible or interesting to me. And that is why the film is not good. These documentaries need to be fascinating not just for the fans and those interested in its subject matter, but also for those who are not. I wasn’t interested before and I certainly wasn’t interested in the film itself.

The film is admittedly quite well made and very well shot. It is so-so edited and is mostly incredibly boring, but at least different perspectives are present and the film has its powerful moments, although those are only few and far between. The cinematography is one of the highlights as Cartel Land really does look good and a couple of scenes are so well realized. But the story isn’t properly explored and it isn’t that complex as it definitely should have been.

The film does give you the necessary details and the overall story when the Mexican Drug War is concerned. However, it doesn’t really delve deeper into the whole picture and it isn’t particularly sophisticated. And the interviews themselves weren’t that great in my honest opinion. Also, while some scenes are emotional, there wasn’t much of that here which is unfortunate.

Cartel Land was of course nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and this is once again a choice done clearly for the subject matter and not the film itself. The Academy just loves these war/political documentaries and they always get nominated which is so frustrating as most of them are so incredibly tedious to watch and are just made for those who are interested in that subject matter. I clearly am not interested in it and I definitely found it to be overrated and not deserving of its Oscar nomination. It isn’t a bad documentary, but it isn’t that good either.

Cartel Land is a typical war/political documentary that has its moments and is well made, but doesn’t delve deeper into the whole picture, it isn’t particularly sophisticated or deep and it is always so boring to watch. It is overrated and typical and it definitely did not deserve its Oscar nomination.

My Rating – 3

 

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Project Nim (2011)

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Project Nim Review

Project Nim is a 2011 documentary film that garnered critical acclaim and deservedly so as it truly is terrific and one of the very best documentaries I’ve seen.

It is about a 1970s research experiment in which a family raised a chimpanzee as a human child and tried to teach him a limited sign language. This is such a fascinating subject matter that was always intriguing to me and thankfully the movie uses it to the greatest degree, making you want to know what is going to happen next. It was incredibly entertaining and always involving.

I liked how they incorporated the interviews seamlessly into the story. This is one of the rare documentaries that truly seems at times like a live-action film with a definite story. That is because it is incredibly cinematic and even epic in its ambition. But the interviews are fantastic as all of the people share their time spent with Nim in such a heartbreaking, but still honest fashion. You can see the evident sadness in their eyes and that is the biggest strength of the documentary format – it lets you hear the real people who tell the story and thus you can see their honest reactions and that makes it all the more powerful and real. And those moments when some of them cried in front of the camera were of the most impactful and devastating.

It is such a beautiful and deep, thematically rich experience. It teaches us everything we need to know about the species and that was maybe the best aspect here as it is endlessly informative. And because I was always fascinated with this particular topic, I found its treatment excellent and really thorough. Project Nim explores not only language, both human and animal, but also the relationship between humans and chimps or the relationships between humans and any animal as it is so relatable and applicable to all species.

But what is the biggest take away here is definitely the message the movie conveys which is that anyone who wants to have a pet needs to fully be prepared for it and never to humanize it and forget about its needs. People usually tend to regard their pets as human and that is so wrong as the animal suffers by their restraining its real nature.

What happened to Nim is so tragic and so awful that it’s all the more powerful and heartbreaking because it really did happen. The film is very sophisticated because it wonderfully shows the darker side of both animals and humans, thus always being realistic and never taking one side over the other. It is very emotional, but to me that was its weakness as it was a bit too manipulative at times. And I wanted more of the real emotion and not just those tragic moments. The flaw here is also the ending which is too sugar-coated and just unsatisfying on multiple levels when compared to the previous parts.

This is mostly a superb film nonetheless. It is wonderfully directed by James Marsh and I can’t understand why critics deem his ‘Man on Wire‘ to be a superior a film when it clearly isn’t. The film is very well edited and constructed, it is always smart and sophisticated and at times very thought-provoking. The tone is overly tragic, but happier moments are still present. And yes, the movie can make you cry how deeply affecting it is. It has such a big heart.

Project Nim is also very important for everyone to see and sheds the light on some very important and relevant issues. But it is still memorable and very entertaining in the process. It is to me one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen and it is arguably one of the best films of 2011.

Project Nim is such a heartbreaking and very important film. It is very well made, very emotional and always so fascinating with its intriguing subject matter being extremely well explored with many clever and sophisticated themes. It is one of the year’s finest films and one of the best documentaries I’ve seen.

My Rating – 4.5

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Amy (2015)

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Amy Review

Amy is a 2015 British documentary film about the singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. It is critically one of the best documentaries of the year and rightfully so as it is terrific.

The film follows the singer through her rise of popularity, but specifically follows her substance abuse problems leading to her death. I loved that the film chose to follow that theme in particular as it made it much more coherent. And although it somewhat lacked focus at first, it was much better as it progressed and it ended on such a powerful and incredibly heartbreaking note.

Yes, the emotion is what makes this film so superb. You feel the pain she felt and the whole second half or so is imbued with such strong feelings of sadness and regret. And the emotion wasn’t forced or too emphasized, but rather natural and I loved that about it. The ending in particular is so tragic and the whole movie has that feeling of poignancy wonderfully achieved.

Another great thing about it is how it uses the real interviews and real archival footage of Amy Winehouse herself and that made the movie all the more real and truthful. And the interviews really let you know the person and I liked her really much and found her to be so likable which made her death feel all the more tragic to me. But the music is also well chosen and I liked the inclusion of many awards ceremonies as it showed you how special she was and a true artist.

Speaking of art, the film showcases her talent, but it also shows how celebrities struggle with their fame and how all that fame isn’t worth it in the end with the constant attack from paparazzi and trash talk that they experience from so-called comedians and other celebrities. I loved that honest look at fame.

The whole film is honest which is one of its biggest strengths. It never glorifies its subject and although it showcases what a fascinating person she was and how her death was immensely tragic, it still condemns her to some degree as she alone is the most responsible for all of that. That heartfelt, but grounded in reality approach made Amy absolutely terrific to watch. It has great interviews and excellent use of music with the lyrics on screen which I also liked a lot, but it also has strong emotional intensity and superb approach and execution. And although the running time is long, it is never boring as the pacing is excellent and the film is very well edited. The dialogue is great and the tone is deft, but Asif Kapadia did a particularly great job as it is so well directed and it is above all very well edited and crafted. It is inferior in its first act and it could have been even better and should have shown more from her life, but it is mostly an excellent film that is one of the finest documentary films of this year and it deserves every praise it receives.

Amy has an inferior beginning, but it is nonetheless a terrific film that is one of the best documentaries of the year due to excellent editing and directing, superb use of music and interviews and above all the inclusion of some great themes and the approach which is incredibly heartfelt, but still honest. It is a very good film that is always heartbreaking and intriguing, but above all a great tribute to this great woman.

My Rating – 4.5

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Monkey Kingdom (2015)

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Monkey Kingdom Review

Monkey Kingdom is a 2015 Disneynature documentary movie which is their eighth in the series and it follows the family of toque macaques and focuses on motherhood. It is quite a good movie that has its stunning moments.

This is a very good film when documentaries are concerned. But from the storytelling point of view, it surely is flawed. Let me explain. It is definitely Disnified which is evident from the beginning. There is no real danger and everything is sugar-coated and super unrealistic. And the story while sweet and kid-friendly is maybe too childish and also very typical for this kind of film. However, it is always engaging and the narration is really good. Tina Fey did a surprisingly good job as a narrator and lends some really humorous lines and moments, albeit too family-friendly.

But the reason to see this movie, besides the arresting visuals and more on that later, is definitely its emphasis on motherhood that gives us some powerful sequences of true beauty and utter delight. The moments between the mother and baby macaque is absolutely mesmerizing and it is just so beautiful to behold that can induce even crying. It shows that animals like us are real parents and that love is universal and I really appreciated that message.

And the whole movie is just so uplifting and really makes you feel special and somehow different after you see it. It explored its intriguing subject matter in a good way and you learn a lot about this species. And you get a glance at other animals as well. But the highlights are the scenes with monkeys grooming and playing around. Those are just so sweet and wonderful. Also the sequence when they have an insect feast is just mesmerizing to behold. And the scenes where they are on ruins reminded me so much of ‘The Jungle Book‘ as it is very similar in setting.

Now, the photography is absolutely stunning! I saw it on TV and the picture is just so magnificent that it is unbelievable how good it is. The scenery here is so incredible from the forests to the trees to the animals with great close-ups. It is so bright and shiny and just wonderful to watch. They captured the monkeys wonderfully with cameras and there are some incredibly well shot sequences that just lift Monkey Kingdom to whole new magical levels. There really are moments of magic here. The score is also really beautiful to listen and the editing is mostly good as is the message and narration for the most part.

It does have its storytelling problems, but it is still one of the finest Disneynature films I’ve seen thus far. It is definitely better than ‘Chimpanzee‘ and it is even better than ‘Bears‘ which was really sweet as well. They are really good at these high-quality, incredibly well filmed documentaries and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next. This surely is a wonderful time for the whole family, especially great for the younger ones.

Monkey Kingdom has its problems mainly in the storytelling department with an overly cute approach, but the photography is excellent with absolutely beautiful to behold scenery, the score is really well done, the narration by Tina Fey is solid and there are some moments here that are even magical how sweet they are with the theme of motherhood wonderfully explored. And it explores its subject matter in a good way and it is overall a really endearing and fun flick to watch with a lot of heartwarming and playful moments.

My Rating – 4

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Man on Wire (2008)

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Man on Wire Review

Man on Wire is a famous British documentary film directed by James Marsh. It received the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and is wildly acclaimed, but I found it flawed nonetheless.

It is about Philippe Petit and his wire walk between the Twin Towers in New York in 1974. It starts with archival footage of his preparations with interviews from him and his friends and relatives and ends with the walk itself. Now, my main problem with the film is that it is just so narrow in scope and subject matter. The best documentaries give us a wider picture surrounding the event and not just the event itself. I never really felt like I met a man because he was never properly explored besides his love for the wire walking. I needed something more, mainly the politics and opinion of the world surrounding the event and the wider picture and most importantly a bigger character study of this person. All you get here is the walk and no matter how well executed it is, and it is phenomenally put together, it is still not enough in my opinion.

As for the positives, there are many and those are not just the technical aspects. The archival footage was fascinating to me and one of the movie’s biggest strengths. It is so well done and spread throughout the picture evenly that I enjoyed it the most here. And it just perfectly sets the mood for the film and transports you to that decade. I also like its heist approach as it is done remarkably well. All those suspenseful moments before the walk with the police and everything are the standout sequences, wonderfully shot and beautifully filmed. I liked its black-and-white photography quite a bit. And those sequences are borderline between live-action and documentary and such an intriguing concept for sure.

But the interviews which are incredibly important for documentaries are unfortunately not that good here. It fails to give us more insight with more people, it barely focuses on anyone other than Petit himself. And although his interviews are well done and his way of telling his story is great and very entertaining, his strong French accent still bothered me to listen for an hour and a half.

Speaking of its running time, it is way too long for such a simple story or event to be exact. This is just an event, one simple event, and to watch just that and its preparations for ninety minutes can induce boredom. But that is not the problem of the editors, but of the script because, as I said before, if they focused on the broader picture, it would have been much more interesting and it would have justified its running time undoubtedly.

As for its technicalities, those are the reasons to see Man on Wire. The directing from James Marsh is quite good here. It is so incredibly well shot with just fascinating cinematography and breathtaking aerial scenery. But some scenes are also even artistic in their execution and the movie is also solidly paced and edited. It is also very factual and it provides you with everything you need to know about the event itself, albeit never going further from it. But the score is amazing. It is so incredible and mixing original with classical music perfectly and accompanying it wonderfully with the action on screen. The score lifted this whole movie a lot for me. As for its Oscar, I cannot speak for it as I have yet to watch all the other nominees, but I am quite sure that it did not deserve as it is just never as compelling or as broad as it should have been.

Man on Wire is incredibly well shot with stunning aerial photography and some artistic scenes as well, the score is simply marvelous, the archival footage is the highlight and the movie gives you everything you need to know about the event itself, but it never goes further unfortunately as it doesn’t provide the wider picture besides the walk and the interviews are lacking. It is a solid documentary, but the one that isn’t  nearly as compelling as it should have been.

My Rating – 3.5

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