I’ll call this an “expectation pendulum.” After the absolutely amazing Helvetica, I was thoroughly disappointed with the meager and pretentious Objectified. Naturally, I approached Urbanized with caution, but I found myself liking it quite a bit.
One of my fun co-watchers used the term “skyline porn” and I have to agree. It’s a beautiful movie, with many amazing shots of even the more desolate parts of the world.
Not unlike Objectified, this movie lacks focus. What made Helvetica – both the font and the movie – great? Constraint and restraint. Its two successors throw sometimes arbitrary vignettes on the screen without quite knowing how to string them together into a coherent story.
At least this time around, those vignettes aren’t…