Listen to Me Brando might not offer much new information about Brando, but the thrill of the film is all in the delivery. Listen to Me Brando, like this year’s other festival standouts Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck and What Happened, Miss Simone?, is an expertly assembled collage as Riley proves a wizard in the editing room by weaving the great actor’s thoughts and ramblings overtop of excepts of some of his greatest screen roles. Riley’s elaborate portrait of the star shows that few icons endure beyond their lifetime, but a star like Brando is irreplaceable. The film underscores this point by featuring a talking animated head of Brando that opens the film as Brando describes in voiceover that a team of specialists scanned and mapped his head for a computer program. Brando describes it as the future, but this depersonalized head contains none of the depth that Brando conveys on screen despite the words and features it shares with the star.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of ★★★★★)
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