A film that's personality is both its vice and virtue as it constantly becomes too much of a director's therapy session trying to find solace for all of the times that she has chosen her photographic subjects over her family. At the same time it should be saluted that she doesn't shy away from the truth her calling is also part of the workaholic success culture that's been spreading in the Western world for too long.
"Generation Wealth' tries to be a compelling work of photojournalism, a moralistic, anti-capitalist screed, and a documentarian's eye-opening revelation that *gasp* she, too, might not be far divorced from the subjects she's interviewing. In all honesty, there are some pretty intriguing asides present throughout this documentary, but that's just it — they're asides in a disjointed film with an identity crisis.
I loved Lauren Greenfield's previous film 'The Queen of Versailles' and generally like her work and pictures. It was great to see how she develops her ideas and photo-projects and people she has photographed and interviewed are all interesting in many different ways. However, this documentary jumps from one person to another and once in a while gets back to her personal story so it feels a bit disjointed...
The annoying moralistic tone and recurring talking head denouncing the evils of capitalism are detrimental to an otherwise interesting photo-ethnographic project. But the social criticism is weak, banal, and unconvincing [somber music], the earnestness unbearable. Generation Wealth completely lacks subtlety. The last act is self-indulgent and self-promotional [upbeat music]. It's 100% LA, from start to finish.