Ballet 422HD Closed Captioning
Jody Lee Lipes
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About the Movie
From first rehearsal to world premiere, Ballet 422 takes us backstage at New York City Ballet as Justin Peck, a young up-and-coming choreographer, crafts a new work. Ballet 422 illuminates the process behind the creation of a single ballet within the ongoing cycle of work at one of the world's great ballet companies.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 43
- Fresh: 37
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 7.0/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "Ballet 422" is short, vigorous and charming. It's also purposefully superficial, holding a mirror up to the creative process rather than attempting to penetrate its mysteries.
Fresh: Jody Lee Lipes' delightful ballet documentary delves into the intricacies of the creative process.
Fresh: An intimate and unusual behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a ballet, it may sound rarefied but has enough moments of truth and beauty to engage general audiences.
Fresh: Ballet 422 is more visually sumptuous than most narratives you're likely to see this year, featuring careful compositions that make watching the film an aesthetic experience as much as an intellectual one.
hero worship for Justin Peck?
Like many of the reviewers, I, too, enjoyed gaining a peek inside the process of coordinating choreography, lighting, costume design, and orchestra to create a New York City Ballet masterpiece. But I could not understand the repetitive close up, drawn-out shots of Justin Peck merely staring at the dancers, of Justin Peck walking down long corridors, of Justin Peck scanning himself in the bathroom mirror at, seemingly, random points throughout the documentary. I understand that the creative process is not typically a linear one, but the narrative and editing of Ballet 422 felt thoughtless and plain confusing when the straightforward intent did not yield for moments of confusion.
I was disappointed to have my built-up excitement to see details and of the carefully designed costumes and dramatic lighting dashed, or, (imagine!) more dancing sequences only to see… more shots of the back Justin Peck’s head or Justin Peck with his mouth ungracefully and even, vulgarly, ajar.
Don't waste your money
Almost two hours of my life that I am not getting back! Truly disappointing. Narrative is minimal. Basically you are paying to see stints of dancers practicing through the eyes of a nervous choreographer.
This movie lacked any directional editing skills. The lack of narrative is confusing and makes the experience less than enjoyable. There was great potential in this movie to be an amazing documentary considering the subject, but it was taken into a direction that only fuzzied my understanding of the process of creating a ballet. The repetitive shots of nail biting Justin peck throughout the movie is less than amusing and is not what viewers came to see.