Sunday, September 29, 2013

Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Koyannisqatsi is a visual, nonverbal film. I chose to review this film because it was the longest word I have ever seen. It is supposed to be an environmental tale, but falls flat.  I can see what the filmmakers were trying to do, but they fell short of my expectations.

The worst part was the music.  Definitely.  I thought about watching the again with different background music to see if I felt differently about the film.  The first part is a gentle flowing music that sounds just like Tetris.  Odd, but I was okay with it because I like Tetris.  The next part was horrible loud digital repeating music.  It sounded like a casino or arcade with all of the machines blasting their tinny music, their loudness competing with one another.  It reminded me of when I was younger and worked for a year in an arcade.  I almost went insane because of the noise.  The music of this film was so awful I literally got a bad headache from it.  About an hour in, I gave up and turned the sound off.  I didn't have a choice.  The film got better after that.

This film is environmental propaganda.  But it doesn't do a very good job.  What do they show, a projects building being demolished; a highway system?  Come on, it is so obvious they were too lazy to leave West part of America for any of their shots.  Show the devastation to the land a factory farm causes.  Show unsustainable fishing methods.  Show that giant ball of trash in the ocean!  Show cute ducklings covered in Exxon oil.  Show something.  I'm not impressed.  I felt absolutely nothing from the images on the screen.

I was disappointed with this film.  I was expecting an environmental tale featuring the beauty of nature versus the destruction of man.  All I got was a few shots of the desert and some buildings.  They could have shown the beautiful forests of America, or our beaches and mountains, not some lifeless barren deserts.  I'm giving this film a 5/10.

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