Jasper Mall

Jasper Mall ★★★½

A very warm, tastefully edited documentary that fits snugly alongside the pseudo-verité fiction/nonfiction hybrids of the Ross brothers (who are thanked in the credits, intriguingly...). Thomason and Whitcomb really extract just about everything out of this premise that I think one realistically could — some “characters” and moments justify their inclusion more than others, but the batting average is pretty impressively high for something with such a low budget and small scale. I was also pleased to find that unlike many films of this ilk, much of the most affecting and engaging material was saved for the back half; I was particularly enthralled by the surprisingly poignant depiction of a high school relationship’s evolution over the course of the film’s production. Highly recommended, I love movies like this.

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