Disjointed, lacking in attribution, and essentially providing a docudrama of plaintiffs' claims against the Fyre Festival organizer(s), this picture could have been a lot better, although it is an intriguing watch, packing it tidbit after tidbit of explosions of grandiose plans and promises followed by tsunamis of money flowing in and flowing out just as quickly, culminating in a disastrous 'tent city' fiasco,. Cliche or not, the movie is like watching a slow moving train wreck: you know what's coming but you can't look away, either.
The movie is not big on temporal sequencing or identifying the relationships between people, but that failure of exposition did not stand in the way of the auteur's perception that no documentary would be complete without a virtue signalling reference to the current administration, as if all these people were ripped off and on the right side of history, to boot, poor souls. But this has nothing to do with anything, for it is the millennials who have lived their lives behind screens of lifestyle envy who fall hook line and sinker for the scam. Their total disconnection from reality and inability to comprehend even the most basic economic truths (i.e., if you are hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt perhaps it is not wise to spend tens of thousands more for a music festival) pales, however, in comparison to the complete vacuity of the billionaire investors and venture capitalists who bought into the promise of a music festival, plans to be determined later. No one seems to have paused to perform the teeniest bit of due diligence, as if the notion of a music festival was so magical that nothing could go wrong and any price could be paid to secure a place in music festival history. Right! So the lion's share of the audience's task is to determine who is the greatest fool here.
All of the promoter's associates appear on screen as if they never really noticed anything was amiss with this fellow. Now, where have we heard this before? Bernie Madoff, is that you? But Bernie! They loved you when you got them 20% returns, and never bothered to check to see if they were real.
And that is the point. People buy dreams every day, hook, line and sinker, and this movie shows how easily people are lured into such things, and how much can be accomplished by one who can play the internet like a symphony. For not unrelated phenomenon, check out the HBO special about Brexit for Britain's entry into the world of political action online.
In all, this is a thought-provoking hour or so well spent, reminding one always to heed the admonition of Lord Byron to "read your Bible, and mind your purse."
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