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This review is from: Freakonomics (DVD)This is my constructive criticism, since I know that Levitt and Dubner read reviews.
I hate to write a mediocre review, but after reading and enjoying both Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, this movie was a little disappointing. It is not that it was bad, just that I had high expectation considering that the books were so good. I was very excited to order this and even show it in my microeconomics class, but after watching it I am not sure if I will use it at all- perhaps a clip or two.
The visual effects, illustrations, and cinematography were very good. I also was glad to seem some interviews from the authors, rather than some other format. However, if you had not already read the book, you might be a little lost on what they were talking about. I am not sure how it could have been done better, since they covered a lot of content and had limited time, but it does not seem like the viewers would walk away and say "Oh, I now have a more clear understanding of XYZ..."
The thing that bothered me most was the subtitles during the Sumo section. In addition to there being quite a bit of Japanese dialog, the subtitles were hard to read because they were all in white. Very distracting when a bright screen came up and you could not read them. I found myself anxious for this section to end so we could go back to English.
I think that the authors should consider a TV series instead of a movie, similar to their podcast now (which is great, BTW). Think Myth-Busters or Stossel's 20/20 programs: They could cover more topics without feeling rushed.
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Initial post: Aug 28, 2011 2:18:18 PM PDT
I have not seen the movie, but I have read both books, and I love the idea of a TV series. An hour-long Myth-Buster-esque / Stossel type show which could explore 1-2 topics per week would be very entertaining. Even something in the same vein as Penn & Teller's BS could work. Levitt & Dubner could be regulars on camera like the aforementioned shows' hosts, or they could just work behind the scenes and provide content. The show could illustrate dramatized events pertaining to the topics.
Posted on Feb 21, 2013 9:31:53 PM PST
A. Campbell says:
It's true, the words of wisdom: "Don't go to the movies with someone who read the book." Based on some of the reviews, I'm guessing I would have probably liked the movie had I not read the books. I loved the books.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2013 7:52:51 PM PDT
J. Ciesla says:
They have a really good podcast if you want more! http://www.freakonomics.com/tag/freakonom
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