Voir (or, as Netflix writes it, VOIR) is a series of six episodes of short video essays about how the film affected the lives of the writers who wrote it, as well as the narrator who read it aloud (if different).
David Fincher and David Pryor are executive producers and have employed several directors and writers to produce this essay, including clips from the film or film under discussion.
The first episode that Stone wrote was about Shark Summer;
In the other words, when the Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster “Jaws” hit theatres in 1975, Stone told the story from a personal point of view of how he and his sister went to the theatre to see it and stayed there all day. He was only ten years old but discovered that Jaws sparked his love of films because Spielberg shot flawless films and told great stories.
Visiting movies was also an escape for him, as his mother lived in an abusive relationship. Which often meant that they were both abused. For Stone, the jaw-dropping ability to rid him of it all. Which is the most significant contributor to his love of film, like anything Spielberg has done.
In another episode, Tony Joe talks about Lady Vengeance and the subject of revenge.
Drew McQueen talks about the villainous characters and Lawrence of Arabia. Walter Chow, a frequent member of The Breakers, talks about the 48-hour film, competition, and interracial friends. Glen Keane Talks about Performance and Beauty Standards in Animation. And Taylor Ramos talk about how film and television differed in the first 50 years of television’s existence. And how those differences have changed since singer Soprano’s debut 22 years ago.
Voir is mainly played out as an NPR visual story or something we can hear on a podcast. This is one of the hundreds and hundreds of similar praises for the magic of cinema and how it affects people’s lives. This is sassy hell, but so are all the other peas. However, we wonder what Fincher and Pryor are trying to achieve with this video essay.
Some seem personal, others explain:
Others might seem to be in a combination of the two. But when Voir is aimed at film buffs, most explanations are old news.
Should we know that Jaws was the first major blockbuster. Which broke Spielberg’s mechanical shark a lot, and the film would look naughty by 2020 standards? Not. But Stone’s account of how the film helped him and his sister. Who escapes a dangerous situation at home is something that must defend.
Prior, who leads this segment, chose to show this section through reconstruction. Not choosing which ones are interesting in several ways; He made a mini-film to explain the writer’s attachment to Jaws. But it also looks like a reenactment of a reality show. Wildly when the awkward teenager in the cinema stares at Stone and her grown sister’s blouse.
The more explainable the episode, the less impact it has. The “TV vs. Movie” episode is particularly annoying, given the quick cuts between all the scenes. That the different productions feature in the two mediums. Sometimes, Ramos sounds like he’s reading from a Wikipedia page rather than his own.
Back to observation and study. Any form. In other words, he tells viewers things they already know, can effortlessly explore, or read thousands of minds over the years. What’s so special about putting him in a dark movie theatre. Or apartment to watch him watch these scenes while making these observations?
While Voir’s video essays are sometimes overbearing in their arrogance. Their dreamy visuals and deep analysis make it a compelling spectacle for aspiring critics. As well as viewers looking for new reasons to watch classics like Jaws.