Jones does her best with what she has to work with, and the movie may still strike an emotional chord with viewers if they don’t look too closely.
By focusing on the song rather than the man, the filmmakers create an arc that keeps viewers engaged.
Despite all the beautiful water, sun, and half-naked bodies, what I was left with as the credits rolled was a mere trace memory of stylish vacuity.
It’s clear that the makers had an aim to make the movie stand out from typical kiddie fare, and they succeed, generally.
Ultimately, whether the show is any good does not depend on how well it “gets” Chicago, on a logistical or even cultural level, but on whether it is entertaining or not.
With over a hundred years of the moving image at their disposal, these creative people appear at a loss how to proceed. It’s a very familiar feeling.
“When we go to a skate park, we take up space, and then all of a sudden you don’t see a bunch of guys trying to tell you to move […]
The effort is appreciated as far as it goes. But it doesn’t matter how enthusiastically you dial if you end up with a bore on the other end of the line.
This is a skillful but flawed portrait of amateur sports on the global stage that doesn’t quite stick the landing.
Is this in any way, shape, or form defensible as meaningful art? Certainly not. Is it really cute? Yup.
Xavier Giannoli’s film is hilarious and always moving with vivid colors and rapid-fire narration that in another movie might feel heavy-handed but here is a guiding force that gives a fascinating quasi-history lesson.
What this surreal microcosm ends up conveying about the human experience extends past the frame and into viewers’ hearts and minds.
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is a maximalist dream.
In her debut documentary writer-director Rebeca Huntt examines the details of her Afro Latina heritage to provocative effect.
Floyd Webb is the curator of the Black Actors in Foreign Cinema screening series, co-presented by nonprofit media arts organization Chicago Filmmakers and his company, the Blacknuss Network.