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Often dazzling, yet somehow distant.
If you aren't bingeing color guard videos on YouTube afterward, you might not have a heart.
"Contemporary Color" is a gift to audiences everywhere, a spectacular kinetic pinwheel of a movie that whisks us away from big issues to celebrate an exceptional creative collaboration ...
Back home, these kids might be considered betas by small-town jocks and snooty froshes. Contemporary Color turns them into next-gen Bowies.
It's more visceral than intellectual, more about rhythm and texture than imparting facts. If you decide to go where it's taking you, you'll enjoy it.
Color guard routines are mini-narratives, but the "Contemporary Color" directors largely decline to follow them, nervously cutting to backstage action when a hook eludes them.
While spinning batons, rifles, sabers or flags in the air, the color guard performs a joyous dance to celebrate school spirit during a football halftime show, to the tune of the high school marching band.
In taking such a pillar of the form as the concert film and reworking it in electrifying fashion, you feel documentary has too, unsure when leaving the theater whether the music or the filmmaking has provided the buzz that refuses to wear off.
Novel concert documentary.
Prepare to marvel at the large scale of individual talent and total commitment to group execution, because the film seamlessly weaves micro and macro strands together to stitch a moving visual tapestry.
What Byrne ultimately wants from "Contemporary Color" is a chance to bring color guard to the masses, and he's triumphant in this mission, delivering an energetic, intimate showcase for an impressive dance art.
While not wholly unenjoyable, the film lacks the necessary urgency and purpose required to hold anyone's attention ... Even the most avid David Byrne fans will be left checking their watches.
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