I’m not usually much of a documentary person. I like the concept, but something about the format usually means that I’m sound asleep halfway through the movie. David loves documentaries, so I’ve been trying to be a little more open to the concept. We’ve been watching a lot of How It’s Made, is all I’m saying.
So, when he put Being Elmo on the other night, I didn’t expect to like it. I certainly did not expect to be crying like a baby halfway through.
Being Elmo is a fascinating look into the life of a very successful professional puppeteer, Kevin Clash. I had never considered the subculture of puppeteering before, and I found it a little creepy (dolls weird me out) but also super interesting. It takes a lot of talent to make a puppet come to life, and it seems to be the general consensus that Kevin is the best.
I also really enjoyed watching this one man basically devote his life to entertaining children. It was really touching to watch Elmo ‘meet’ kids, and to see the man behind some of MY childhood memories. I distinctly remember watching Sesame Street, and deciding that Elmo was my favorite muppet.
Being Elmo is worth a watch, even if documentaries aren’t your thing. It’s a pretty short movie, and it’s both educational and entertaining!