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Somm also provides the sort of general interest that comes from watching anyone involved in an endeavor that requires dedication, discipline and a touch of craziness.
"Somm," an inside look at wine stewards, attempts to unveil the secrecy of the master sommelier exam, and though the results aren't always vintage, there is some pleasant tasting to be had here.
By the end, despite the surface-y quality of the treatment, you're caught up in the suspense, the horse-race aspect of a very particular pursuit of knowledge and excellence.
[It's] a Herculean feat that all but requires advanced degrees in wine theory, history, geography, service and, most crucially, tasting, all of which director Jason Wise examines in crisp, quaffable if overlong fashion.
Audience Reviews for SOMM
While not top-notch "Somm" is a solid documentary, and it's well paced enough to keep anyone vaguely interested in wine to want to keep watching. I genuinely cared about the fate of the people it followed.
Like its subject matter, the flick is not without its little touch of narcissism. It's still an informative and adequately entertaining look at the world of wine.
An expertly-edited, compelling and even tense documentary that gets us deeply invested as we follow the obsessive dedication of four admirable candidates who have each a personality of his own and whom we root for as they bust a gut to pass a monstrous, nearly-impossible exam.
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