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Björk: Biophilia Live

2014

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  • Despite the incredible talent involved, this is one fantastically dull concert movie. Björk's half-cocked theatrical extravaganza is inspired by her recent Biophilia album which focuses broadly on biology, life sciences and the awe-striking magnificence of the cosmos. It's not that she and her creative team haven't concocted ways of giving ticket holders some bang for the buck, more that directors Peter Strickland and Nick Fenton haven't amply devised a way to capture that on film.

  • [Björk's] utterly peculiar magnetism as a performer is enough to make “Bjork: Biophilia Live,” a dedicated recording of her 2013 tour closer at London’s Alexandra Palace, something of an event — even if pairing her with Peter Strickland doesn’t yield quite the singular result you’d expect. So visually and sonically inventive is Bjork’s own stage show that Strickland and co-director Nick Fenton have, perhaps wisely, decided against adding their own cinematic bells and whistles.

  • As skillful an orchestrator as Björk is, her crescendos and tightly designed wilderness can lose their strength with repetition. But she and her collaborators do make a pretty singing picture with their chosen audiovisual tool set.

  • With its introductory voiceover by David Attenborough and obvious love for the simple sublimity that the best big-budget nature series achieve, Biophilia Live appears to borrow the trappings of documentary. But instead Björk, Fenton and Strickland have produced a near-epic work of nature psychedelia, a strange hybrid piece with a strange hybrid lineage that takes in Disney’s Fantasia and Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants” as much as The Blue Planet.