Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened Review

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Back in 2017, the Fyre Festival became a cultural phenomenon in all of the wrong ways. It became famous for putting rich attendees in dire survival situations. Memes and comedians took plenty of jabs at the expense of all the attendees. But how did such an event go so terribly wrong? How did a music festival that cost thousands of dollars to attend end up with zero money in the end? That’s what Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is trying to document. But does the film provide as much entertainment to the masses as the event itself?

Unfortunately, Fyre isn’t as fun as one might think. The film does take a serious approach to the subject matter and tries to tell a story about the festival’s founder. Ultimately, it’s a character study about the rise and fall of Billy McFarland.

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened is a documentary about the infamous 2017 music festival, Fyre Festival.

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

Although the entire Fyre Festival should be told in a mockumentary style that pokes fun of the rich kids, Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened takes a serious approach to the subject matter. Unfortunately, reading that might turn off people from watching the documentary. But there are some interesting things to learn in this film. First of all, Fyre shows you that there were a ton of signs suggesting that the festival would be a complete disaster. This isn’t just one solitary incident as red flag after red flag kept on appearing. However, the film isn’t entirely about the festival.

The film takes its time establishing what kind of person Billy McFarland really is. In fact, one can even say that the film’s subject matter is about McFarland. It establishes that McFarland’s greatest gift is also his curse: His mouth. He’s a talker that promises a lot of things… Unfortunately, his promises almost always never work out.

However, when it comes to the festival, McFarland seems to focus more on the lifestyle instead of the actual planning. So despite all of the warnings about the crowd size, lack of basic facilities, and false advertising, he kept pushing forward. The writings were on the wall for the attendees. There was no customer service at all for the event. Thus, the organizers gave no information to their own customers.

Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened

So once the documentary gets to the part that most everyone wants to see, what happens is hilarious to see. Unfortunately, getting to this part will take some time. Yet once it gets there, you get a reminder of how chaotic it was on the island. You’ll even get reminders about all of the various social media posts and memes about the festival.

Despite all the memes, we tend to forget about those who did work for the event. Needless to say, there is a lot of people that McFarland took advantage of. This reinforces the fact at what kind of conniving douchebag Billy McFarland is.

Overall, that’s the entire purpose of the documentary. Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened highlights the rise and fall of Billy McFarland. Although most viewers would only watch the documentary to see the misery of the attendees, Fyre is an interesting character study about a man’s strong desire to be a part of the elite. Be that as it may, those who are looking forward to the chaos will not be disappointed.

Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

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