Chicago filmmaker Darryl Roberts returns to the subject of body image in “America The Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments,” taking on the American fear of full-figured bodies, taking snapshots of weight-loss industries from diets to surgeries and anecdotes. What the press kit refers to as “grassroots” filmmaking, let’s call “micro-budget.” The writer-producer-director puts himself center frame, a la “Super Size Me” to discover. The cutting and style of on-screen graphics is superannuated television rather than the more variegated style of montage Michael Moore employs in his investigative polemics; a variety of music tells the tale quicker than any of the images. With Roberts, Deepak Chopra, Christian Lander, Kathleen Sebelius, Timothy Dolan, Beverly Johnson. 100m. (Ray Pride)
“America the Beautiful 2: The Thin Commandments” opens Friday at the Music Box.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His multimedia history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” will be published soon. Previews of the project are on Twitter and on Instagram as Ghost Signs Chicago. More photography on Instagram.