Movies can be anything, especially in context and length, and simply have to just be a moving picture at a minimum of 24 frames a minute. Conspiracies can be the same thing. They can be about any subject matter and be focused on any variety of things. However, the best conspiracy theories are, usually, those that are completely outlandish and wild and out of left field. However, what Steve Weston wants to talk about in terms of conspiracy can be explained rather easily, making his documentary, titled A 92 Year Old Hollywood Mystery Exposed on the link provided for review, less of an engaging conspiracy theory and less of a movie, as well.
A film, at the bare minimum, needs to be a moving picture with or without some variation of sound and or voice overlaying it. Instead, what is presented in the 75-minute talk is a slideshow presentation with overlaying voice-over work about Steve Weston’s findings. It is far from what is traditionally called a film, and within the first 20 minutes of Weston’s findings, he casually mentions what could be rationally decided about what he is trying to solve throughout this adventure.
This is not to say that I do not enjoy a good conspiracy theory, because I think conspiracy theories are fascinating and incredibly engaging. However, the conspiracy theories have to actually be grounded in something that cannot be easily explained. Weston focuses on a statue he discovered in countless films from the 1930s to the mid 2000s and even today, as he decided to watch a movie a day from each century with his wife. This was a very specific looking Asian statue, which thusly led to his ideology that there was something larger afoot that he wanted to tackle and solve upon himself. After going over every film he noticed the statue in for about 10-15 minutes and how it kept appearing over and over again in the background of shots, sometimes to make a financial statement about the characters in the scene as having a statue could be a display of wealth, or, as in Nancy Drew, which Weston uses as a modern example, it appears in a museum setting.
For a movie to be truly captivating and engaging, especially one considering conspiracies and their theories, there must be an actual conspiracy afoot. Something as mundane and simple as a statue of a figure that is nearly as prolific as Jesus Christ or Buddha can’t be the theory itself. There are so many other facets about Hollywood and the way it is constructed that conspiracies could be made about, and argued to a high extent without a Google-able answer. While Weston clearly is passionate and intrigued by his discovery, it is one that, even by his own admittance, could be easily answered, making the film much less of a mystery and more of a scavenger hunt for the other symbols Weston is hunting for.
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Final Score: 1 out of 5.