Lift explores so many divergent issues that it would have been easy for the filmmakers to only give lip service to problems it raises. Thankfully, that is not the case.
Even given the over-the-top wish-fullfillment of the film’s plot, Escapement’s weak dialogue and lack of subtlety proves to be its ultimate undoing.
The beauty of this documentary is that even as it makes you laugh, the story’s essential sadness remains. Though it is very fast-paced, the film makes you stop and think — it’s as unsettling as it is charming.
The reason these films are in this series is because of their color, and they do not disappoint.
Boston’s MFA should be congratulated for screening these Technicolor musicals in way that does wondrous justice to their eye-popping colors.
Although “Growing Cities” plays a bit like a home movie, it at least scores points for enthusiasm.