Listen to Me Marlon

Listen to Me Marlon ★★★

"Listen to Me Marlon is a very good film of its kind, if not precisely for me. I’m interested in, but not deeply passionate about Marlon Brando, but — with access to the actor’s copious archive of tapes of self-hypnosis, to-do lists, answering machine messages, etc. — director Stevan Riley’s succeeded in telling a familiar story almost entirely through the actor’s own words and those of important people in his life. It’s a semi-classical compilation documentary (improbably, my second film of the day to include a Dick Cavett interview), minus some unexceptional but harmless bridging footage envisioning Brando’s Omaha childhood in a two-story black-and-white house, with walks through the woods looking up at a Malickian sun gloomily beaming through the leaves. The big, bookending get is a digital scan of Brando’s disembodied head reciting Shakespeare and predicting that motion-capture is the future, a truly eerie/ethereal image."

My review from Sundance. Graf above is literally half of it. I was tired.