Review: Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain.
As a movie lover and a foodie altogether, Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is a personal, lovable feature film to look upon at its leisure. This documentary tells a story about the life of Anthony Bourdain and all of his various journeys he explored in his entire life. Having been directed by Morgan Neville, this documentary charts his amazing journey from being a chef to a fellow writer to the most-critically acclaimed television host, as told by his closest friends, the people he worked with, and his family.
Just to let the viewers and foodies know that this film is challenging on many levels. For starters, Bourdain's suicide is still a recent event in the public eye and a shocker for those who knew him in his lifeitme. It's a very difficult flick to watch on a full-length story scale of someone's whole life being broken up, knowing that it's going to end so inevitably, suddenly, and sadly. However, Roadrunner succeeds in higher grading-point by showing us Bourdain, his journey, and his totality balance the sadness, depression, and anxiety of his inevitable life-threatening end.
Seeing and studying about this is the best part of Anthony's inner circle. They all have so much to say. This is something people are going to say about what a powerful, beautiful, wondrous impact this man's life had on them yet the devastating, painful, frustrating crater-sized hole his death has left in them. This man’s life is the only thing both people and chefs have left in their good-old, childhood memories.
The director of this documentary feature film is Morgan Neville who always caught my eye of attention from his 2018 documentary film about Fred Rogers in Won't You Be My Neighbor?. As a certified documentary movie director for this and that said film, he just simply shows some interesting footage that increases the film’s structural depth and Bourdain’s inner circle of his life. His main questions aren't set up with some hidden, but fairly-formed agenda; he lets the subjects, the cast, and the celebrity guests speak for themselves to boost a stronger tonal voice. This is exactly the most brilliant way for a documentary filmmaking business Neville and this film are fueled by. He never gives the viewers some hard questions and answers but he knows how he can handle all types of duties when directing any film an ordinary director wants.
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain is the kind of film I hoped it would be. This competent, two-hour documentary film the whole-wide world needed it to be. Though I’m a bit disappointed that this does not contain more stories of Anthony. It didn't make him out to be anything he isn't, which is very hard to boil. Nevertheless, Bourdain managed to show us the realms of realness about life, food, and one man’s journey from day one. No film, book, podcast, media property, or movie review could ever, ever change that. This film is a must to everyone, worth the treat and worth your time. No joke. In addition to that, this film is also great for foodies too.
(Review by Henry Pham)