Finding Fela! (2014)
Critic Consensus: Though it doesn't fully capture the electrifying spirit of its subject, Finding Fela! is a solid overview of the life and work of a musical revolutionary.
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The problem isn't really finding Fela, but containing him.
"Finding Fela!" is an apt title for this dynamic and thorough documentary by Alex Gibney.
At its best, the film manages the trick of constructing a modern myth while simultaneously deconstructing it - on one level, this is a story about how to tell a story. Plus, it's got a great beat and you can dance to it.
The constant flipping between stagecraft and reality creates a dissonant static that prevents any satisfying connection with the film.
The early songs are a celebration; the later music is a weapon. It would be nice to get more of both, but for that there are the reissued CDs, not to mention this film's soundtrack, a decent sampler.
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