Day 17 – Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened (2019)

We all saw it happen live on social media. The memes, the fun we all had at laughing at those who were stuck there but I think what we forgot are the people who were in the middle of it because of a pathological liar who promised everyone the greatest thing on Earth. The people he scammed out of money, those he worked with and didn’t think of, the locals that were counting on that money. It’s insane when you think about it and Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened tries to remind us of that.

The main problem with this documentary is that almost everyone who worked on the festival never acknowledge that they were wrong and should of simply stopped. Only one at the end tells the camera that he was part of the problem, that he was selling the dream online too. And I think that is the main thing about this festival is that they were selling a dream that wasn’t real and refused to admit it. This documentary paints Billy as the villain and he is but he wasn’t alone in this. Yes, some people were taken advantage of but a lot of the higher up knew months before that this would never happen and yet they never left or exposed the truth.

My favourite thing in the documentary was when they started talking about the website that was exposing everything the problem is that it never follows through. I don’t know if it’s because the filmmakers never found out who was behind everything but I would have liked them to at least conclude this story a little better. And that is something that this film does a lot, it doesn’t seem to know how to close its topic, instead goes from one another.

Just like the infamous festival the film is covering, this film got itself into a lot of media attention for two reasons. One it was produced by one of the companies that helped promote the festival.

And two, Hulu decided to released a documentary on the same subject without any announcement just a few days before Netflix. Now, I have yet to watch the Hulu one, it is the next thing I will watch but I truly enjoyed this documentary and how they never tried to humanize Billy McFarland and instead focused on the lives he destroyed with his schemes. But I will be comparing the two at the end of the next review so be on the lookout for that.


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