American Harmony (2009)
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Critic Reviews for American Harmony
if you can get past the cutesy mugging and preening onstage, you may find the true creative talent refreshing.
American Harmony is a successful greatest hits compilation of top-level performances of recent years; but that makes you want it to be so much more.
The documentary gives too brief an introduction to the basics of barbershop and doesn't tell us how most of the singers got hooked. It does capture the intensity and the personalities of the competition -- and it makes us care who wins.
Audience Reviews for American Harmony
I love this sort of documentary. When I read a review comparing it to "King Of Kong" I had to see it. From the beginning, I was swept up in a world completely unfamiliar to me. I found my favorites and rooted for them, enjoyed the background stories on competitors and watching the big competitions. At one point, I even teared a bit - something I didn't expect at all. The story of the international barbershop competition is well-crafted, providing great insight into the personal and creative lives of the competitors without getting bogged down by detail. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the music and appreciated the balance between watching performances and spending time backstage or at home with the characters. I'm glad I took a chance on "American Harmony" and liked it enough to watch it again.
OK, confession time: I sing in a chorus (not in a quartet presently), so I love barbershop harmony. Aengus James and his cameras cleverly caught the spirit of this American art form on this DVD documentary. Particularly enjoyed the overall high quality for this "budget" movie. Reproducing an a cappella performance electronically requires some pretty decent equipment, and Aengus did us justice. Enjoyed the movie so much I watched it back-to-back -- second time with director's commentary, and all the way to the end of the credits! Proud to be a barbershopper.
Exciting! The recreation of the competitions had all of the excitement of the actual competitions. (I was at two of them.) It made me want to see the movie continue on to subsequent competitions. I hope that they can continue this project. The 2009 competition was even more exciting than the previous ones, judging by both the crowd reaction and the scoring.
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