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To Be Takei rests almost entirely on its subject's inherent likability -- and, for the most part, that's more than enough.
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With his trademark baritone and focused diction, Takei is a natural storyteller who lends an enjoyable flow to the movie's uncomplicated proceedings.
To Be Takei is a celebration of a man of great resilience, infectious humor, a voracious appetite for the richness of the human experience, and the best laugh in the history of laughing.
While there's pathos and tragedy here, there's also good humor and human strength.
This is a film blessed with excellent footage and plenty of nice moments.
Another pleasant if disposable portrait.
This could have easily been a platitudinous, self-important mess, but Kroot does a couple of very savvy things here.
To Be Takei is as natural as Takei is in front of the camera and during public speeches. It's vibrant, interesting, and enjoyable.
Celebrates Takei but blithely neglects to probe for any complexity in a man who has surely suffered much.
Can be more of a platform than a chronicle; its look at homophobia and gay marriage is a bit earnest and over-explained. Still, Takei provides a sharp lens through which to see ethnic and sexual minorities' progress in America's post-'50s popular culture.
Before watching this film I thought of Takei as being just another celebrity, but this film makes it clear that Takei is a guy who has done something with his life. He has made his life count for something. He's a fascinating character.
... a charming look at a man whose charisma and optimism is infectious in his quest to live long and prosper.
No doc could diminish George Takei's life work, but To Be Takei too often takes dramatic short cuts which undermines its potency.
A fascinating look at a fascinating man. Takei is a true American original with an interesting story growing up gay and closeted and being subjected to the Japanese internment camps.
An entertaining and playful documentary about the actor/activist. The charming Takei is shamelessly willing to engage in this type of self-promotion even though as nearly the youngest (behind Koenig) of the original cast of Star Trek he is hardly reaching the end of his career. We get the inside scoop about his childhood and his relationship with husband Brad. We observe his current life of fan convention appearances and being a social media sensation. We learn how his Broadway show Allegiance originated. And we teasingly gather that there is a bit of antagonism between George and William Shatner.
This is the best representation in documentary filmmaking that could have come from the life and times of George Takei. The film never undermines its subject, though at times it may poke fun at the often petty fighting between George and his husband, Brad. Otherwise this is a favorably interesting film about all that George has accomplished: he proved to be a reverential and influential Asian American actor on prime time television, a detractor and survivor of internment camps in the forties, and a defender of and activist for gay marriage. The found footage is amazing, Takei's work is great to see all these years later, and the footage for the documentary itself is very telling. Brad and George are the kookiest and cutest older couple that I've seen in a documentary in some time, and their interplay lightens a lot of the film. The one thing I found annoying was; that overly childish score that followed them around like this was an episode of a Bravo reality show. Otherwise, there's a lot of heart and poignancy in this film that may even make you tear up.
A well done documentary with all the humor, candidness and dignity you'd expect from Takei himself. Great access to the man and those who know him.
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