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Year
2023
Runtime
104 min.
Director
Matthew Heineman
Genres
Biography, Music, Documentary
Rating *
8.3
Votes *
0
Checks
160
Favs
4
Dislikes
4
Favs/checks
2.5% (1:40)
Favs/dislikes
1:1
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  1. CakeofSugar's avatar

    CakeofSugar

    It's almost a parody, frankly, a film made with a glossy and smug sincerity whereby the viewer either doesn't buy into the po-faced earnestness and the whole thing feels like a show, or its just downright grating. The cinematography and editing have a lot to answer for here, as the look of perfect shininess is at odds with the supposedly private and intimate nature, so heartfelt moments look like a Hallmark movie; or, cutting from Batiste having the time of his life to his wife's struggles with leukemia. These choices make the film feel both inauthentic (at a performance level) and ugly (humanistically). We are reminded how great and humble Batiste is, but the greatness is rarely shown - we don't actually see that much of the symphony's genesis or development. What we see is a cloying performer desperate to be seen as great, which is bad enough, but obviously even worse when considering we are also dealing with a cancer survival story.
    Yeah, his wife is dying, but will he win a grammy??
    4 months 2 weeks ago
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