The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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A remarkable documentary that paradoxically proves that when it comes to silence, there is a lot to be said as well as a great deal to be shown.
[A] beguiling, meditative and elegantly photographed documentary.
In Pursuit of Silence doesn't really tell you much that you didn't already instinctively know - silence is good, loud noise is bad - but it does provide a sporadically interesting overview that could well have you rethinking your next vacation plans.
As much a visual treat as an aural one, the film divides its time between using the tools of cinema to isolate and enhance the beauty of sounds and silence and exploring different schools of thought on the subject.
Its arguments range wide without going deep, but its factoids about the medical benefits of hanging out in a forest - and the cognitive costs of a noisy school or hospital - are fascinating and persuasive.
The film occasionally hits a rather loud note of passive-aggressive piety, but it is very persuasive.
As an art film this is a success but if you are hoping for any form of story telling or structure that is lacking here.
I generally consider myself a happy city dweller, but by the end of the film, I was thinking about when to make my next weekend retreat - and leave my phone and earphones behind.
If ever there were a time for a documentary such as The Pursuit of Silence, it's now.
Although the pace is deliberate, those in the right mindset should appreciate a film that doesn't need to speak to get its point across.
Insightful and occasionally mesmerizing, but lacks balance and thoroughness.
In Pursuit of Silence is a wonderfully shot film and one which is best experienced on a big screen where its images' composition and acute sound mixing can be fully appreciated.
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