Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Summer of Soul (...or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) ★★★★

Questlove is so obviously enamored with the festival footage - as everyone should because it really is astounding - that the hesitation to let it properly speak for itself feels a bit odd. The contextualization is essential and most testimonies are poignant, but at moments it all blends together as this sort of scattered color commentary that takes from the inherently cinematic natural rhythm of the performances and the frequently ingenious montages hatched from them. Now, of course, this is the part where I say that this mild criticism is naturally dwarfed by the little fact that it's still very much a doc of inestimable historical value featuring some of the greatest music of all time.

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