>> There are some iconic names that are typically tossed around from generation to generation—these people are known for their profound influences on a specific industry or medium. One name everyone undoubtedly recognizes is Quincy Jones. You may not fully know the extent of his influence on music and culture today, but the Netflix documentary Quincy covers it all. Directed by his daughter Rashida and Alan Hicks, Quincy follows the span of Jones’ life. The film is filled with both vintage family photos and videos, as well as footage of Jones with some of the biggest names in the music industry. A portrait of a true legend, Quincy is lovely but flawed.
As a documentary, Quincy does a lot of the right things—Rashida Jones and Hicks succeed in creating a lively and humble portrait of a true artist while revealing the struggles of aging and loss. The editing creates a fluctuating pace, which works well with the film's narrative—allowing everything to slow when the footage becomes more intimate. It’s clear that this film was put together with a lot of love and admiration, there’s even footage of Rashida and Jones—the amount of love she has for him is clearly presented in every aspect of this documentary.
Every good documentary film needs a narrative arc, and unfortunately, Quincy’s is not very compelling. While it remains a beautifully illustrated portrait, a majority of the information given to the audience are details that you could easily find on Wikipedia. Throughout the film, it feels as if Jones never really lets us in, even in the film’s most intimate moments. Regardless, the film does a great job showing the span of Jones career and the profound effect he has had in the music industry. His accolades are made very clear, at times even beaten over the audiences head—but hey, if I won 27 Grammys I would do the same.
All in all, Quincy is an entertaining and engaging documentary. If you’re looking to learn more about the music industry this film is a definite watch. However, this isn’t the best documentary I have ever seen, and it doesn’t contribute much to the genre. If you’re not interested in the music, I’d recommend skipping it. 6.5/10 <<
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