Life changing film
Just saw this at the Sundance opening. An absolute life changing film.
There aren't words that could ever describe the feelings evoked by this
extraordinary film. You could feel the heart and soul poured into every
frame- and the mix of animation and incredible soundtrack was so
moving. An absolute must see for anyone who needs to be reminded that
they are the difference that is needed to stop the current war and the
violence that is inherent today and since the beginning of time. This
film leaves you feeling like standing up and taking flight and making a
move toward what is truly important- the pursuit of peace and all that
comes with-it- making a stand, courage, understanding yourself and your
place in the world and knowing when to say when. I truly believe this
film will change many lives..
Well Done Effort!
I am not usually a fan of added-in animation. There are a few movies,
Pink Floyd's extraordinary antiWar film 'The Wall' one of them, in
which the animation provides graphic imagery to enhance the surreal
feeling for the viewer. But in that movie the imagery is mostly a nod
to Jungian archetypes morphing as it does from animal form to
out-of-control mechanical killing machines. There are times when it
works beautifully to complement the protagonist's suicidal angst, and
times when it doesn't work as well, but it meshes well with the score
to heighten the mood of the music.
In 'Chicago 10' the animation provides the courtroom re-enactment to
fill in the gap of not having actual courtroom video. The actual human
beings are rendered in cartoon form.
Does it succeed?-- for me it isn't as powerful as having live actors
either impersonate or interpolate the roles of the courtroom persona. I
think for me it would have worked better to have re-done those scenes
with actors. But . . .
But I want to say how powerful the movie is. . . I knew the outcome, I
am of that time----but the tension continued to accumulate as the trial
and the actual scenes wove a story of an overview of America in the
heartland in 1968.
This should be required viewing for anyone born after 1965 and maybe
earlier. It has always been difficult for me to describe to my children
how polarized the nation was during this period... I've never felt I
could generate for them that vicarious tension necessary for
understanding. This movie accomplishes that. The animation isn't to my
taste--but it works nonetheless. Would it have been more powerful if
real actors were used for the court scenes?? Maybe. And maybe it is
that cartoonish abstraction from reality that the filmmakers were
trying to achieve, at an event which perfectly embodied the insanity of
those who were siding with militarism while it was killing their own.
There is enough actual video used to allow a lot of the film to show us
the people involved as they were then, and what happened to them, with
the animation overlaying.
I think that more footage of the Vietnam war, the obscene news footage
that Americans were exposed to nightly, might have been useful too, in
recreating the ambiance of that time. Quite the contrast to the
sanitized photojournalism of the current war in Iraq which stays
conveniently and purposefully out of view, out of mind for American
citizens since 2003, the Vietnam drama took place live in primetime,
and the shockingly visceral quality of that televised carnage finally
overcame the credibility of government rhetoric about stopping the Red
Thank you for this look, and feeling, back in time. Well done..