Music from the Big House (2012)
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Even with a gripping subject like blues-singing convicts, the documentary "Music from the Big House" has a disconcerting emotional distance.
Don't look for Elvis in this stark musical doc set in a maximum security prison.
[It] gets across a general notion of music as universal solace. But the filmmakers hesitate at going deeper into the dark places of the prisoners' biographies and the storied prison itself.
It finally feels too cautious, as if digging a little deeper might compromise the prevailing tone of tentative uplift.
McDonald's film ultimately boils down to being just another competent but slightly dull prison doc, albeit a toe-tapping one.
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