Monday, September 13, 2010

Stupidity

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Stupidity - 3 out of 5

Entertaining? Yes. Informative? Yes. Witty? Yes. Well put together? No. This documentary is funny and, despite the humor, brings up interesting points about stupidity and the lack of any studies on the subject. It dives into how our society often willfully remains ignorant on many subjects. It also talks about how the media purposely dumbs down its programming and how we aren't encouraged to educate ourselves. There are some interesting experts brought in to discuss the topic but there was one who is never credited and, despite how eloquently he spoke, I kept asking myself, "Who the hell is this guy?" The disappointing part of this documentary is the poor quality it exhibits in the production department. Poorly shot and acted cut scenes and Windows 95 style screensaver animation is used as filler as the narrator speaks about stupidity in our society and acts as a nuisance and distraction rather than images to catch the eye while you listen to the nice man. The worst part of this doc, is the absolutely terrible sound. You will spend this entire movie turning the volume on the TV up and down. This really bothered me because on a documentary that is talking about people being stupid and incapable of doing something right, they certainly effed up the sound on this movie. Are you telling me the filmmakers of Stupidity weren't smart enough to hire a decent sound editor? Or were they being sneaky and making a point? Either way, it is incredibly distracting. Overall, this documentary is quirky and fun and I really enjoyed the segments where they call religious individuals stupid and the whole study of President Bush is VERY interesting. If you like docs, check this one out.

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