Just got around to seeing the movie. I enjoyed it! As much as I knew about the Biosphere 2 project, I had *no* idea that the characters behind it had a long history as a commune.
The soundtrack is delightful, and it served the film well.
I got the impression the real story here is about the commune members and the relationships among them. The bulk of the intro focuses on exactly that, and the end tag about where they are today zooms back in on them--but the section on the actual Biosphere 2 project turns the camera away from those dynamics. It feels to me like Matt may have wanted to tell the story I was looking for, but for one reason or another, had to make Biosphere 2 the centerpiece. I wonder how the documentary looks if the asymmetry between contemporary media coverage (an incredible feat of pure science!) and the commune's perspective on it (pushing the boundaries of what a few people can accomplish in a beautiful way) was presented more starkly. This might lend itself to presenting more of those internal relationships, whether loyal and bonded, or full of strife.
Altogether, a really enjoyable look at the rise and fall of a project built by strange and beautiful people doing what humans do best: ever reaching beyond their grasp.
Last Edit: Jun 29, 2020 7:23:56 GMT -5 by unctious