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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2004
You'll want to see this movie if you've seen the new Scorcese film. This one delivers great interviews with people close to Hughes, and fills your need for more background of this unusual life.
However, the producers have adopted some really hard-to-take conceits in presenting their material:
1. A really bogus "first person narration" device by some guy with a fake Texas accent. The writing of this narrative line is stilted, hackneyed and takes away from good content.
2. Overuse of a musical track. I used to like the song they used until they ran it into the ground.
3. "Dancing stills." The producers watched way too many Ken Burns documentaries.
The material itself is strong; Hughes' life story is dramatic enough. The excesses and melodrama used here take away from a real underlying story...