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Director by Night

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Spirited but lopsided look at the director of MCU film.

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The evolution of a filmmaker's career trajectory is examined through the lens of his documentarian brother in this sentimental look at a director's life. Golden memories don't always make for compelling viewing in Director by Night, however. The documentary gets pulled too close to the personal when the chums who starred in the 1980s Super 8 movies reunite. What could have been a soaring tribute to life-before-mobile-phones gets weighted down by a site-specific reunion of old friends. Sure, they had incredibly creative times in their teens, but are viewers fascinated by their stories?

Hardcore MCU fans can enjoy the behind-the-scenes peeks into monster costumes and movie production. Parents might score an analog thrill watching Super 8 movies that teens crafted into features back in the day, but this documentary ultimately lacks an objective eye.

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