Minding the Gap
Minding the Gap (2018)
Critic Consensus: Minding the Gap draws on more than a decade of documentary footage to assemble a poignant picture of young American lives that resonates far beyond its onscreen subjects.
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Critic Reviews for Minding the Gap
The score by Nathan Halpern and Chris Ruggiero is sparse and beautiful and perfect. The editing is brilliant.
Much of "Minding the Gap" is painful to witness, but as past and present intersect and recombine and Liu's wealth of footage coalesces, the finished film becomes a cautiously hopeful and even cathartic experience.
It's the movie Liu was born to make, the one he had to get off his chest before he could move on in his filmmaking career.
The emotional intelligence Liu, Keire, and Zack demonstrate in their moments of self-analysis is what leaves Minding the Gap ending with something a lot like hope.
Minding the Gap feels deceptively loose, even rambling, but as the seasons pass (the film takes place over four years), you begin to feel Liu's drive toward catharsis for all three of his main characters.
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Bing Liu weaves together themes of masculine and societal expectations through his friends Keire and Zack. Such layers are bridges through the trioï¿ 1/2(TM)s skateboarding bond that has always been a point of escapism whether it be from each of their damaged upbringings or the trappings of adulthood they find themselves encountering and dealing (or not dealing) with. Some terrific editing and a few choice cuts specifically hammer home the clarity it seems Liu intended to chase.
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