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Review: Freakonomics (2008)

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Books get made into great movies all the time. Look at Moneyball, Lord of the Rings, and Twilight! Well, I take that back. But books being made into documentary format are slightly harder to find. I read Freakonomics. Read it recently, in fact. So will this great book, “adapt” to the big screen properly?
Freakonomics delves into the minds of economist Steven Levitt and journalist Stephen Dubner as they look into the the “hidden side of everything”. The documentary takes the form of 6 stories, each directed by a different documentarian. They follow such topics as cheating in Sumo wrestling, what’s behind the name of a person, and the dishonesty of realtors.
If you’ve read the book, you might as well skip the movie version all together. While you would think that seeing the statistics visualized would be cool, I got absolutely nothing out of film that I didn’t get from the book. Now the question is, what about those who haven’t read the book? Well, I guess it would be okay. However, the distinct styles of each filmmaker make it for a choppy viewing experience. It isn’t a documentary as much as a bunch of 60 Minute segments cut together. So, a pretty meh movie for a pretty awesome book.

My Rating: C

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