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Perhaps most surprising, even the festival footage is ho-hum. We feel a distance, instead of being flies on the wall. (Or should we say, on the desert floor?)
As a spectacle and as an idea, Burning Man is strange and beautiful.
Has some lively moments but falls short of expectations.
More time spent on the ground, and with the attendees, would have been ideal, especially since this may be as close as many viewers get to joining in.
Since we can't all attend Burning Man, we can be thankful for "Spark," which is probably the next best thing.
As an official history, Spark shines adequate light; I just wish it had spent a little more time on the shadows.
Chances are, I may never make it out to an actual Burning Man event, however, this documentary makes me feel like I've already been there.
What's the difference between Burning Man and the Super Bowl?
Parts of "Spark" can seem like an ad for Burning Man, but the film digs deep enough into the pressures and challenges facing its organizers and attendees to be a worthy exploration of a unique phenomenon ...
Spark: A Burning Man Story isn't so much a story as a feature-length commercial for the annual hippie-courting festival held in Nevada's Black Rock Desert.
There's a spark here, but as beautiful as a lot of the captured spectacle is, the film doesn't truly catch fire for the layperson.
A documentary that examines the contradictions of staging an elaborate "subversive" art festival that relies on donations from hedge fund operators. Commerce once again trumps art.
The most captivating parts were the interviews with the founder(s) and behind the scenes of the DPW, and more time spent on those (and related) subjects would have elevated this movie. Entertaining / educational film nonetheless, and the high production value gives it a good boost over other BM docs.
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