Side By Side is a documentary that looks at the film industry’s gradual shift from film cameras to digital cameras. That simple summary makes it sound like it must be the most boring thing in the world. For many, I’m sure it would be. However, nearly all the industry’s top directors sit down with Keanu Reeves (Woah) and have a chat about their personal history with both old fashioned movie making, and their impressions of all the ways digital methods and computers have revolutionized the industry over the past 30 or so years.
My standard Documentary Disclaimer applies once again. Very, very few documentaries are interesting if you aren’t at least moderately interested in the subject matter going in. If you don’t enjoy dogs, don’t watch a documentary that delves into the learning patterns and behaviours of man’s best friend. If the behind-the-scenes processes of movies is less interesting to you than watching paint dry on growing grass… please, don’t think that a glowing endorsement from me means that this is the movie for you.