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Westwood: Punk, Icon, Activist takes a thoroughly entertaining -- albeit necessarily incomplete -- look at the life and career of a British fashion pioneer.
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Lorna Tucker's documentary portrait focuses equally on what happened afterwards, painting its subject as a committed activist, an artist with no time for convention or false modesty, and a personality worth spending time with.
The film is a fair and, I think, a well-meaning attempt to cover her life in all its dizzying variety - hence the scattiness.
Westwood's loyalties feel torn and the fashion house is plunged into drama. It makes this the perfect film to double bill 'Phantom Thread' with.
The best anecdote is saved for the closing credits, for some reason.
"Westwood" is definitely better than mediocre, though you wish there were a bit more to it.
She's a bit of a prickly pear but Tucker captures the essential Westwood: down to earth, resourceful and likeable.
It's a nice little documentary that doesn't dare to dig too deep, mostly covering the varying of chapters of Westwood's life quickly while avoiding any and all controversy.
There's plenty of interesting archival footage, as well as great contextualising commentary from the people around the dame.
Obviously, Westwood is a great talent, and her career stands for itself. But the Westwood who sits for director Lorna Tucker's camera doesn't seem to want to be there and tells her story - barely - with no excitement.
Lorna Tucker's study of Vivienne Westwood is amiable enough but has its detractors.
This smartly paced, good-looking doco celebrates her often cantankerous and very unique approach to getting things done...
Where the film does comes alive though is in the behind-the-scenes footage of her critquing her own collection, or how it is being portrayed.
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