I wanted to watch some more of the documentaries from 2016, so I rented the documentary "Newtown". Ultimately, I think that it has a very inspiring message, but it may not have been executed in the best way.
The film is presented as a series of personal accounts of the struggle after the Newtown crisis. This method really appeals to the viewer emotionally, however, after a time, it becomes a little slow and tedious. The filmmaker also made some weird choices with editing. For example, parts would incorporate archival testimony, but have the audio for the testimony fade out in an unnatural location and transfer into the interview. There were also random cuts to black during the interviews that didn't really make sense. Additionally, there wasn't anything particularly flashy about the cinematography, but it works in context with the interviews. It is well-put together to elicit an emotional response from the audience and support its point, but it doesn't necessarily offer the most depth or complexity.
Overall, I thought that "Newtown" was a good documentary, but it was a little repetitive. I think that it had a lot of potential to be socially transformative, as the issue with which it deals is of tremendous importance, but I don't think it is executed well enough to do so.
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably not.
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