Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees

Wax, or The Discovery of Television Among the Bees ★★★★½

Truly unlike any other film I have maybe ever seen in my entire life. An exploration of time, life and death, the Hollow Earth, Christian creation myth, the existence of souls, the paranormal, and so much more, and all of it is dealt with seamlessly. The film speeds along at a lightning pace, planting seeds of each theme so quickly that you barely notice consciously, only to have it inevitably pay off when you finally realize how it factors into the story at large. It is impossible to describe this plot to anyone but simultaneously I almost never felt lost with how things were progressing.

On a purely production side, David Blair understood at the beginning of the digital filmmaking era better than anyone even today how computerized visual effects could expand what it means to make movies, creating innumerable shots that defy physics and the normal laws of cinematography. This alongside the rapidfire editing and brilliant writing makes for an incredible picture to see and just process.

My only real criticism is that Blair occasionally gets a bit too intractable and occasionally has issues with pacing and abruptness, but I do absolutely feel nitpicky when the rest of the film defies all expectations of its subject matter to be this good.

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