I have wanted to watch this documentary, but had not had the chance. It sounded like it had a good story, so when I found out that we would be watching it in a class today, I was relatively excited.
I was actually kind-of let down by the lack of quality of the documentary. Yes, the story is inspirational and moving, but the film is not well edited. The film jumps around between Malala's time in Afghanistan and her time in Britain with no particular rhyme or reason, which can lead to confusion and can detract from the story, which should be captivating. The story had some really interesting, great parts, but there were also some parts that were a bit slow and not really necessary to show. The cinematography of the film was good, though. There were some really good shots of the scenery in Malala's home town in Afghanistan. The film also used a technique of well-done animation to tell backstory, which I liked, but I wish it would have been put in a more logical sequence.
So overall, "He Named Me Malala" is an inspirational documentary. It was okay, but it could have been done much better than it was. It is an interesting story, but there are some moments that are slow and unnecessary.
He Named Me Malala
Big Tuna's Rating: C+
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray in a class.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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