The Price of Brilliance: Our Review of ‘Big Time’

Posted in Movies, Theatrical by - December 01, 2017
The Price of Brilliance: Our Review of ‘Big Time’

Genius always has its costs…

Big Time provides a unique glimpse at the emotional and physical costs that come into play when deemed to be a genius in your given field but it lacks any real depth or stakes simply conveying a story that it’s ‘hard’ to be brilliant.

Bjarke Ingels started out as a young man dreaming of creating cartoons. Now, he has been named “one of architecture’s biggest stars” by The Wall Street Journal. Big Time follows Bjarke during the course of 5 years (2011-2016), while he struggles to finish his biggest project so far. We are let into Bjarke’s creative processes as well as the endless compromises that his work entails, and we are on the side when his personal life starts putting pressure on him, too. Bjarke Ingels’ company Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been given the task of designing and building one of the skyscrapers, which will replace the Twin Towers, which collapsed on the 11th of September 2001 in Manhattan. While Bjarke is creating a building, which will change the New York skyline, he is hit by health-related issues. The Film offers an intimate look into the innovative and ambitious Danish architect, whom the entire world is celebrating as a genius.

On one end it’s compelling as this is a story about at a man at the top of his game in a business that is both constantly evolving and complex but the problem is Big Time doesn’t really give us a reason to care about anything going on inside of it.

Director Kaspar Astrup Schröder paints a decent enough picture as he lets Ingels himself guide us through his story but it plays out more like a promotional video then like a subject and a filmmaker trying to tell his story.  Ingels is an interesting guy and seeing some of the things that he has worked on is an interesting ride, but the film doesn’t give us much more than that.

It’s a promo video and glimpse at how important advances in architecture will shape our lives on a global scale, but Big Time is really anything but as its flashy infomercial styling’s are too easily forgettable.

  • Release Date: 12/1/2017
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David Voigt, has been a lover of cinema all his life and an actual underpaid critic for a solid 5 years covering everything that the city of Toronto has to offer. He was a content manager in video distribution industry before that and his love of all things cinema goes back to his first moments in awe looking up at the big screen. His 12 years of experience on the home entertainment side of the business have provided him with a unique view on what is worth spending your hard earned entertainment dollars on. Combine that with his unquestioned love of film, David should be your only stop to find out about the best in film, not only in Toronto, but worldwide.