I really loved this film. Honestly, I can't remember the last time I had this much fun watching a movie. Most of the time I'm so busy thinking about the themes and ideas and over intellectualizing everything that I have a hard time getting lost in a movie... Chef was one of the few movies I was able to really relax and experience. The end feels a bit too tidy and perfect for my tastes, but I had such a good time watching it I'm willing to let it slide.
I can't think of any other movie about high school that's managed to get the feeling of being in high school so right for me. Part of it was casting actors that actually look high school age, but the story and the writing also felt more authentic than most other films that try to tackle this stage of life.
There were a few little things that annoyed me, but they were relatively minor. Sutter's character feels a little too larger…
This is an incredible movie. I've never seen a documentary in this style and really appreciated how different it felt to have the filmmaker just observe and do absolutely nothing to interact with the subjects. That lens into someone else's world is what I think is so powerful about film and These Birds Walk uses it to its full advantage. I also really liked how rather than just framing the subject like we'd expect, they'd sometimes choose to tightly focus…