Tuesday 21 January 2014

Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey (2011): Mini Movie Review

A lot of things can get in the way of finding time to review films, including work, family and KFC, but some movies still deserve a mention, so that’s where my Mini Movie Reviews come in. Each is less than 100 words long or your money back. That’s a promise people! Today it’s Being Elmo: A Puppeteers Journey.

Watching Sesame Street, it's easy to forget that real people work behind the scenes to bring these puppets to life. Being Elmo follows the life of Kevin Clash, using interviews and home videos to chronicle his rise to fame as the puppeteer who created Elmo. Director Constance Marks takes the niche subject matter and transforms Clash's journey into an inspiring celebration of art and childhood that reduced me to tears. Not many documentaries can do that, especially one about puppets, but Being Elmo is a must-see portrayal of a man who gives his all to pursue what he loves most. 

5 out of 5

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