I’m not really sure what to make of Medium Cool. It’s got some obviously brilliant insight into the human condition, and it’s a fantastic snapshot of its era, but taken as a whole narrative? I don’t really enjoy it or find it very rewarding.
What starts as a sort of snapshot of 60s news reporting, ala Nightcrawler, turns to a sort of revelation of the media’s complicity in cracking down on “subversive elements” and on the way it takes a mild romantic twist and refocuses in the life of a young single mother trying to scrape by after moving to the big city.
All these elements are interesting enough and well constructed. The filming is fascinating, and the acting is great. But the end result is much less a story and much more an unfortunate series of events.
I guess I’m glad I watched it once, but I wouldn’t watch it twice. Personal enjoyment is probably about a 2/5.