By now I know that Julien Temple is more than capable of combining new footage, archival material and great music into effective documentaries. The problem with this look at Rio is that there's too much to fit in and the film jumps around in a distracting way. It's especially noticeable with the snippets of music which always seem to cut out too early making me wonder if it was actually a licencing issue (unlikely, as it's a BBC film). Worse though is that the first half of the film isn't that interesting or touches on topics covered elsewhere. The second half of the film has more focus on the corruption and the impact of the upcoming sporting events and ends up being a lot more interesting.
May 22, 2014 at 06:51PM