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Despite its singular star and bursts of audio-visual vibrancy, the film may prove more ponderous and patience-testing than enlightening or involving for all but the most intrepid viewers.
A fragmentary portrait of Graves that embraces his holistic philosophy but gives his music short shrift.
Milford Graves Full Mantis is a jazz movie in every sense of the word.
You can get a lot of facts about Mr. Graves and his discography on the internet (and I recommend you do). This movie gives you, well, the man's heart, and it's a beautiful one.
A small treasure for avant-garde fans.
A movie about Graves' life and work that's similar to his percussive style: unpredictable, out-of-sync yet somehow rhythmically right on, jagged and likely to zig when you think it's going to zag.
One of those films you can happily watch without having a jot of prior interest in its subject.
The overall lack of context and information may leave the uninitiated adrift. But what an adventure awaits those bold enough to enter the film's esoteric realm.
The often-mesmerizing Milford Graves Full Mantis is also one of those documentaries where you wish the music being played identified onscreen at the time.
There might be a method to his madness. The same can be said for the film.
Full Mantis remains an intriguing portrait of a highly unusual man.
Jake Meginsky's documentary is insular, precious, and too pleased with its unwillingness to reach out to the unconverted.
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