Thursday, 21 July 2011
Given those parameters, I would say that Freakonomics is a very well done documentary. It uses statistics to study situations with questionable causes and find the truth as to those causes. On the surface, this sounds like an unbelievably dry topic. However, the film makers they chose to tell the stories did so in a very entertaining way. I must give Mr. Spurlock some credit here as his segment on people's names possibly determining their success in life was very entertaining and stuck to facts without speculation or some kooky experiment. The only one I found a bit dry and out of place was the sumo wrestling segment. It relied less on statistics to prove any causality and was more of a conspiracy theory story. The final two big segments on the decrease in crime in the early 90s and whether or not ninth graders respond to monetary rewards to get better grades were also quite entertaining and informative. If you watch it in a group, you may also find yourself in some good-hearted debate after the movie which I'm pretty sure should happen after a good documentary.
As for the technical aspects of the film, I cannot really comment too much on cinematography, plot and acting because it is a documentary and, therefore, is judged by different rules. But I will say that I came away glad to have watched it. I also felt a bit smarter and entertained at the same time. So, from my perspective, it is a good movie.
Even if you aren't a fan of documentaries, I'd say see it. It takes dry topics and makes them entertaining. There were 8 people watching tonight and I think we all laughed out loud at some spots so that's a good sign. Finally, it isn't too long so you don't lose interest.