Waiting for “Superman”

2010 Leftovers Marathon, part 13 of 13

Title: Waiting for “Superman”
Year: 2010
Length: 111 minutes
Director: Davis Guggenheim
Writers: Davis Guggenheim, Billy Kimball
Starring: Geoffrey Canada
With: Michelle Rhee, Bill Strickland, Randi Weingarten
Music: Christophe Beck (mostly non-original music)
Cinematography: Robert Richman, Erich Roland
Editing: Jay Cassidy, Greg Finton, Kim Roberts
I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), a couple days ago
Synopsis: a look at the public school system, and some families trying to cope with it

My reaction
Concept:1/4 (Bad)
Story:2/4 (Indifferent)
Characters:2/4 (Indifferent)
Dialog:3/4 (Good)
Pacing:1/4 (Bad)
Cinematography:2/4 (Indifferent)
Special effects/design:3/4 (Good)
Acting: n/a
Music:1/4 (Bad)
Subjective Rating: 4/10 (Eh, 2/4 (Indifferent)). Basically, it says, “Here’s what’s wrong with schools, here’s why, and here’s why nobody can ever do anything about it.” Um… great. Then why did you make a documentary? It at least tries to provide a more personal perspective on things, which makes it watchable. But it has this tone of “let’s get up and fix this mess, people!” while a the same time systematically demonstrating that any significant reform is impossible. I don’t get it.
Objective Rating (Average):1.9/4 (Eh)


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