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Hockney offers few revelations for viewers familiar with its subject, but it remains an affectionate and thoroughly entertaining look at a British national treasure.
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Despite ... sometimes dizzying artistic mood swings, "Hockney" remains grounded in the people and places that shaped the artist and his art.
It takes nearly an hour before anyone discusses anything conceptual, but what comes before is sufficiently entertaining, and what comes after, sufficiently illuminating.
The film fails to describe the full arc of Hockney's work and career - it is clearly addressed to those who already know that basic story.
A rich if occasionally slight bio of one of the most well-known artists of the last half-century.
There must be more gravity to the man's life and work than this breezy love letter will admit.
A documentary need not have a narrator, or be structured chronologically, but here either, or both, would have helped.
This documentary is beautifully and cleverly made, well researched and deep, seamlessly and inventively put together.
A picture is worth a thousand words, but Wright's film, if only for a few seconds at a time, takes us inside the head of one of our greatest living artists.
he result is rather disjointed, held together by Hockney's own charm, apparent candour, and extraordinary energy.
The finished feature works well as a Hockney primer, but it's nothing we haven't seen before in the many TV documentaries made about the same artist over the years.
What the film makes apparent isn't just Hockney's dandyism and brilliance, but also his formidable work ethic.
Randall Wright's Hockney is the sort of documentary profile of an artist everyone hopes for but that we seldom get: a deep dive into the creative spirit in which every single frame reveals something vital about its subject.
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