Though at times the visuals projected on the panels distracts from the acting, the musical still serves as a stunning combination of theatrical and visual art that serves as an invitation to examine the lives of the people in the painting more closely.
Alex George narrates all the intimacies of family life, both the mundane and the scandalous, in simple heartfelt prose that resonates deeply through its unwavering attention to the powerful connections between the characters and their own unique places in American history.
With various musical illustrations played by Marsalis and other distinguished musicians, the lecture charmed a packed Sanders Theater and provided a rich history of the American root genres and the musicians who explored them.
While some of its gags succeed, most of the film is comprised of crass jokes with little imagination. If you’re not a Harold and Kumar fan, don’t expect “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” to make you a believer.
An impressive writing and directing debut for J.C. Chandor, “Margin Call” is a stark and unnerving portrayal of humanity and the corruptions of greed. And while its harsh criticisms of the culture of Wall Street may seem extremely cynical and at times overblown, they also point to a chillingly relevant reality.