Genre Guesstimation – I am Paul Walker (2018)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Quiggy of The Midnite Drive-In and it is Documentary Films.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Dec by sending them to

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Documentary Films.

“He was one of those kids that parents hate.  He was fearless and that scared me.  I don’t mean to say he was amped out of his mind on adrenaline.  He liked to do exciting things. Paul was just that way.” – Paul Walker III

Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Dec 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary that describes the life and tragic death of actor Paul Walker.

My Take on it – Paul Walker has been a recognizable actor for more than 10 years before his tragic death in 2013.

He was largely known for his work on the Fast and the Furious franchise.

This film gives us an interesting look at his life via home movies and interviews with close colleagues, family and friends.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t feel comprehensive enough and seems to miss something along the way.

Many of the interviews are heartwarming but the expected poignancy of such stories is lacking throughout.

We get a somewhat superficial look at his life but there isn’t enough in-depth coverage of who he truly was and that is quite unfortunate.

We are able to get a much better understanding of who he was by the interviews but he isn’t fleshed out enough in order for us to care and sympathize more deeply with him as a person and that is something that would have made this film so much more relevant.

Bottom Line – Interesting yet not comprehensive enough documentary about Walker’s life. Some nice interviews with close colleagues, family and friends help make parts heartwarming, but something seems missing that would have made this feel so much more powerful and poignant. The stories told during the interviews help us get a slightly better understanding of who he was, but they don’t manage to flesh him out enough as a person we can care so much about and sympathize deeply with.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  Features interviews with many work colleagues and family members as they reflect on their experiences with Paul. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not at all. Not comprehensive enough to help us get to know Walker so much more intimately.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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