I came down with a really bad illness last week, so I missed this documentary in a film class, so I watched it to catch up. Despite subject matter that sometimes becomes a bit too odd, "Project Nim" manages to be a very interesting documentary.
While the stories of the parties involved that are trying to train this animal are quite interesting, there are some aspects of the story that are very weird and uncomfortable. For example, there are parts talking about the chimp's sexual exploration and how the researchers wanted to study his sexual habits that are presented very uncomfortably. I have to applaud the film in the way it presented the story as a whole, though. The film is very much presented like a thriller in parts, and it works.
The film is an interesting combination of archive footage, interviews, and reenactments. The reenactments are better than those of the average documentary because of the way they are shot to make them blend with the archive footage. The editing f the film is also very good, as is the cinematography, both used effectively to transition between different aspects of the story.
So overall, "Project Nim" is a good documentary that gets a bit weird in parts. It is undoubtedly well-made, though.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: HBO Go.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Maybe.
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