Meow Wolf: Origin Story
Meow Wolf: Origin Story is an entertaining and — as one would expect — visually rich chronicle of the titular Santa Fe art collective’s history, though it suffers a bit from a focus on plot and promotion rather than telling a developed, well-rounded narrative.
The documentary by Morgan Capps and Jilann Spitzmiller provides a good sense for who the individuals are, the work they create and the obstacles they’ve overcome to grow into a multi-million dollar company, but not how so many disparate artists collaborate to produce their famous giant immersive shows.
Beyond the engaging Meow Wolf members, most of whose personalities and motivations are identifiable, fellow Santa Fean and eventual investor George R.R. Martin provides welcome outsider support but also perspective, especially as the budget for the group’s House of Eternal Return show spirals out of control.
Otherwise, beyond a stray internet headline wondering if Meow Wolf is a force for evil, it’s a decidedly one-sided portrait with nary a dissenting or even questioning voice to challenge the collective’s mission and output — but the journey is so thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring that the hangups quickly evaporate.
Grade: B. Not rated, but with adult language. Playing exclusively on Nov. 29 at Biltmore Grande and Carolina Cinemark
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