An uncreative movie about creativity. The story of a puppeteer prodigy whose work has touched millions around the world should have been riveting but is marred by incessant incidental music, the tone of which had a zombifying effect, and a run of the mill, spiritless approach. P.S. Being Elmo was released before the allegations against Clash that seem to have irreparably damaged his career. 3 stars.
No início, eu não tava dando tanta bola, mas da metade pro fim eu me emocionei. Mesmo. Quase chorei. O funeral do Jim Henson, que é exibido rapidamente em um momento do filme, é uma das coisas mais tocantes que eu já vi. Mais uma vez aquele velho papo de "siga seus sonhos, acredite bastante e trabalhe duro que você chega lá". Mais uma vez é demais ouvir esse papo e ver que é tudo verdade.
3 1/2. Really good documentary that could have been great if it dug a little deeper towards the end. Other than that, really cool doc on a lesser known art form and this guy has quite the story to tell. And the insane passion for it. Good message about parents supporting their children's passions too. See it!
Clash's passion is infectious. "Follow your dreams" may be a cliche, but it certainly worked for Clash. The film glosses over the darker side of his obsession -- Elmo seemed to have ruined his marriage and kept him absent from his daughter's childhood -- but I think that's because they wanted the doc to play for kids.
As a doc it's a little scattered. But as a testament to what can be achieved with passion, or as a love letter to Jim Henson, or even just as a treatise on the power of how total parental acceptance and encouragement can wildly, positively affect the future of a child... this is fantastic. It made me cry. And to think, I used to find Elmo annoying. Le Sigh...
Definitely something to show one's children if they show signs of creativity and talent. It's amazing that Clash had the perfect combination of creativity, drive, technical skill, support, and opportunity (very rarely does one experience all these factors). The found footage is amazing, and is fit into the story quite well. Glosses over Clash's personal life, but it isn't necessary for what the doc is exploring