Sunday, July 6, 2014

Cropsey (2009)

IMDb plot summary: Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.
Directed by Barbara Brancaccio and Joshua Zeman.

Documentaries are always difficult for me to review. This was definitely an interesting story, but part of the difficulty with narrative-based documentaries is that it's hard to have interesting or satisfying resolution. That is absolutely the case here, where the basics of the story are explained in the first few minutes and then re-explained in greater detail through the rest of the movie, ending exactly where it started. Theories are tossed around, people share opinions, but when the answer to everything is basically "nobody really knows what's going on," you end with essentially just the same information you had in the first 10-15 minutes.

I don't know enough about the documentary format to analyze the movie objectively and authoritatively, but I can say what I felt about it: I found it repetitive and surprisingly boring by about half an hour in. Disappointing.

2.5 stars.

Flickchart: #1144 out of 2164, below Swing Kids and above Our Idiot Brother.

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