Documentary: Troublesome Creek: A Midwestern (1995)
Reviewer: Becky B
This week I picked another snooze-fest for doc and a drink. I can only promise to improve the quality next time…..
This film is a journey to the Midwest – more specifically a journey to a large farm in the Midwest. A farm with a full and interesting history seeded in one family since the 1800s. Today – the farm is on the brink of foreclosure. The Midwest was beautiful – the snow – the crops – the cows. I ate up the cinematography even though it was simple. A simplicity that was mirrored in the main character’s interviews and lifestyle. My secret enjoyment was the use of “old black and white” photos.
The story is narrated by the “daughter”. I found her to be the most annoying part of the film. I was slightly bothered by the extreme sentiment through out the film but severely irritated by her voice! More Character — Less Narrator. Doc and a Drink went form one extreme last week – no narrator – to this week – a bossy overzealous narrator. ISO a healthy median.
On the other hand – My favorite part of the film was the “Grey Garden-esque” moments captured when the family relaxed and interacted among themselves. It seemed honestly full of drama. After all – the family did have to sell everything not nailed down on the farm in order to keep the farm in the family.
Solid but not Exceptional.
3 out of 5 Cheers