How about Robert Downey Sr. The late underground movie icon's story is brought to life in just the right way; It feels like a documentary, shot and edited, but with the same cinematic feel and interest in culture. Currents that marked his most famous work.
The "Mr." director credit goes to Chris Smith, the non-fiction veteran who owns Fyre, Bad Vegan, and more. But in fact, there are two ways out here. The other is Downey Sr., who was raised in Rockville Centre. He agreed to the film on the condition that he create his own version of the film about it at the same time.
The result is a great self-portrait.
Downey Sr. tells his counterculture niche filmed in 1969. With the classic Putney Swoop, the story of what happens when the only black person on the board of an advertising company takes over the job.
But also a man at the end of his life, Downey Sr. She passed away due to complications from Parkinson's disease in 2021, embracing her best and worst moments and actively participating in shaping the way she wants to live. . to remember
This includes the prominent presence of his son, Robert Downey Jr., who is the film's producer and director. He interviews his on-screen father, tells how he grew up in New York's pioneering film scene, and charts the development of their relationship.
In this sense, the picture is his journey to unite the good and bad moments of life, and at the same time to find the way to a new reality.
MY INTERVIEW Many documentary filmmakers working on biographical projects make the mistake of trying to delve into every detail of their subject's life. – Mr. It departs from the standard interpretation precisely because Smith and Downey avoid the snare.
The movie was released to make the essence of this man and his artistry so important.
Pull back the fourth wall to reveal a movie machine in action; Downey Sr. sets up the shots, directs his son, and oversees the editing process for his master version of the story.
– Mr. It takes place at the intersection of the documentary and the fictional, which is seldom identifiable in either medium, but essentially defines each.
Any non-fiction film is determined by a number of decisions, including camera placement and editing choices that introduce elements of artistic choice into the story. At the same time, feature film production cannot be separated from the artists' behind-the-scenes concerns or the larger forces shaping society at any given moment.
Downey Sr. and Son make this movie and turn it out to be the best it can be, focusing less on the details of recent memories or experience and more on the people they become and the love they share.
The spontaneity, the blending of artifice and truth, reflects this great sense of the director's role, something transcendent with which we shape our stories.
Finale This is one of the best movies of the year and not to be missed, even if Downey Sr. didn't make it. Watch a movie