GENERATION WEALTH (Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah USA 2018)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 3.3|5.0 Starsììì

Generation Wealth makes the mistake of portraying wealth as a generally bad thing and does not help lower classes—who are trying to better themselves—believe that their efforts to increase wealth strengthens a family and allows one to help others at higher levels. Director Lauren Greenfield fails to direct attention to the good that wealthy people do, the charitable work they are involved in, the long hours and strong work ethic they have and the responsibility they carry for employing large numbers of people and for creating a market for those persons who desire to spend their lives creating outstandingly beautiful, unique things that take much time and artisanship. Wealth distributes itself and in that distribution benefits thousands long after the accumulator of wealth has passed away. This film seems to refuse to view that wealth can be a great shelter/haven for the masses.

Storyline

Interviews and commentary on some of society’s wealthiest individuals.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Lauren Greenfield for directing effort. Thank you to Executive Producers Geralyn White Dreyfous, Lilly Hartley, Regina K. Scully, and Jeffrey Tarrant for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Himself (Limo Bob), Himself (George W. Bush), Himself (Paris Cronin), Himself (Michael Douglas), Himself (Bret Easton Ellis), Himself (DJ Esco), Himself (Chris Hedges), Himself (Florian Homm), and Herself (Kate Hudson).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. The film does not balance itself well due to its chosen polarity of viewpoint. The analysis falls into the poor range due to its failure to tell the true story of wealth, which, as with everything has two sides to be analyzed.

Ben Meyers

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