AHFW’s Top 20 Films of 2020: #5 ‘David Byrne’s American Utopia’

5. “David Byrne’s American Utopia” – With a minimalist stage design of hundreds of slender, elegant metal chains hanging from the rafters, 68-years-young David Byrne and 11 talented musicians/singers perform a film version of their successful show at New York City’s Hudson Theatre.  Spike Lee’s clever camerawork captures Byrne and his harmonious compadres – who all don matching gray suits – as they strut, tap, and twirl barefoot to lively, bouncy tracks and ballads from the lead artist’s new album and some absolute classics from yesterdecade, including this critic’s favorite Talking Heads song.  It’s 36 years since “Stop Making Sense” (1984), and Byrne’s steps may be more tender, but he hasn’t lost any in his toe-tapping, sometimes politically-driven, and encouraging 100-minute look at our imperfect humanity.

⭐⭐⭐⭐  out of  ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Image and Trailer credits: HBO

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