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Lacks both Focus and Cohesion.,
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This documentary film lacks cohesion. Worse still, it doesn't do what it says on the tin: 'Way of the Morris.' It can't make up its mind as to whether it's about the art of morris dancing or about how the 1914-18 Great War affected a particular group of morris dancers. It jumps about from one to the other like a cat on a hot griddle. On the one hand it fails to do justice to the art of morris dancing and, on the other, to the devastating effect the Greet War had on a particular team of dancers. The real agony of war deaths, injuries and bereavements is larded over in a thick coat of sentimentality.
The whole production gives the impression of being a cobbled together jumble of clichés, each of which fails to express the reality of what had truly taken place. The best way to tell a story is to begin with A and then proceed to B, C, D and so on until the denouement is reached and this method works just as well for real life experiences as it does for fiction. I was foolish enough to believe that, since this DVD is entitled 'The Way of the Morris', there would be lots of dancing in it with helpful explanations of what was going on. Instead of that, all we have is a a jumble of flashbacks that seriously impair the viewer's considered appreciation of what is actually happening. A well made documentary about how the Great War effected the Morris Men and what happened to them as they served in it would have been very interesting, but the true nature of all this is ruined in this film because it jumps around all over the place. It doesn't seem to know what it really wants to tell us.