Review: FYRE Gives A Hot Take On An Even Hotter Story


Fyre uses its absurdly crazy story to its advantage, creating a well-made and wildly entertaining documentary that demands to be seen.
Entertainment Value
Technical Merit

You heard about Woodstock, and you know about Coachella, but did you hear about Fyre? Maybe not, because it was a huge failure.

Fyre is a new documentary from Chris Smith (American Movie, Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond). The film offers a behind-the-scenes look at the collapse of the Fyre music festival in 2017, put on by entrepreneur Billy McFarland and rapper Ja Rule. It features interviews with former Fyre employees and footage from the festival’s aggressive marketing campaign.

This is one of those stories that is so crazy it just has to be true. Part of what makes this documentary fascinating is that many aspects of Fyre’s story are so ridiculous that they are almost unbelievable. The way in which these events are presented makes the documentary play out like a melodrama filled with deceit and double-crossing and it is truly entertaining to watch.

The film features interviews with some of the people involved with Fyre, including some of the company’s former employees and some of the attendees who were defrauded. For obvious reasons, McFarland himself wasn’t interviewed, but he is still shown as a character in the story through the footage shot during the various marketing events and behind-the-scenes footage at the festivals.

fyre promo

Interestingly, the film doesn’t necessarily paint McFarland as an antagonist. In no way does the documentary present him in a light that would elicit sympathy from the audience, but instead of showing him as an evil person, it shows him as a person who was ambitious yet arrogant that was corrupted by his failure.

The first half of the film focuses on the planning of the festival. At this point, the issues have not yet arisen, and as such, it is mostly optimistic and cheery. However, the flaws in McFarland’s character are still obvious and you can see the beginnings of how everything is going to fall apart.

fyre jet

The second half is where the documentary truly gets crazy. This is when everything starts to fall out-of-place with the festival and the world seems to devolve into chaos. The film is easily able to wrap you up in its world, as you feel immense sympathy for the victims of this fraud, both the people who purchased tickets and the employees who were in the dark. Perhaps the most shocking story is that of Andy King, one of the event’s producers.

There was certainly a lot of skill and effort put into this film. The cinematography and editing are both great. The filmmakers mixed the archive footage and interviews quite well to create a smooth and captivating viewing experience. The use of music is also great, as it complements the story and the visuals quite well, giving the film a more exciting feel.

Overall, Fyre is an extremely intriguing documentary. The story is crazy and the film tells it in a way that is quite fun to watch. This is one you won’t want to miss.

Fyre is in select theaters and available to stream on Netflix beginning January 18.


AXIOS on HBO: Melinda Gates on U.S. Leadership & COVID-19 Crisis (Clip) | HBO

Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discusses leadership as the major determining factor in the impact of COVID-19 in the United States. #HBO #AxiosOnHBO #MelindaGates Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: Known for delivering news, coverage, and insight with a distinctive brand of smart brevity, Axios on HBO helps viewers better…

World’s Funniest Animals | Season 1 Episode 1 | Surfs Up Scene | The CW

Stream new episodes of World's Funniest Animals Saturdays free only on The CW: SUBSCRIBE: About The CW: Official YouTube Channel for The CW Network featuring the hit series Riverdale, as well as Black Lightning, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, The 100, Dynasty, In the Dark, and Roswell, New Mexico.…

Star Trek: Lower Decks – Ep. 7, “Much Ado About Boimler” – Easter Eggs

The latest episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks pays homage to Star Trek: The Animated Series with an alien species seen in the 1973 episode "Mudd's Passion." Series Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer Mike McMahan elaborates. Stream all-new episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks on Thursdays, exclusively in the U.S. on CBS All Access. Subscribe…

We Are Who We Are: Inside The Episode (Episode 2) | HBO

Shift your perspective. The creators and cast of We Are Who We Are take you inside episode 2. #HBO #WeAreWhoWeAre Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: From Luca Guadagnino, the director of Call Me By Your Name, We Are Who We Are follows a group of teens growing up on an American Army base outside…

Tell Me A Story | Season 1 Episode 9 | Chapter 9: Deception Promo | The CW

Stream new episodes of Tell Me A Story Wednesdays free only on The CW: SUBSCRIBE: About TELL ME A STORY: TELL ME A STORY takes the world's most beloved fairy tales and reimagines them as a dark and twisted psychological thriller. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season of this serialized…

King Ezekiel: A Man for the People | The Walking Dead

A man of legends amongst his people, here are some of King Ezekiel's best moments. Watch from The Walking Dead: Subscribe to The Walking Dead on YouTube: #TWD #TheWalkingDead #KingEzekiel THE WALKING DEAD: Like The Walking Dead on Facebook: Follow The Walking Dead on Twitter: Visit The Walking Dead Official Site:…

AXIOS on HBO: Melinda Gates on COVID-19’s Global Impact (Clip) | HBO

Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, elaborates on findings that COVID has rolled back decades of progress on global issues. #HBO #AxiosOnHBO #MelindaGates Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: Known for delivering news, coverage, and insight with a distinctive brand of smart brevity, Axios on HBO helps viewers better understand the…

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Best Food Moments | Prime Video

From lavish house parties to the diner that has the best sandwiches in town, these are the best food moments from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! » Watch the new season of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel now exclusively with your Prime Membership: » SUBSCRIBE: About The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel: In 1958 New York, Midge Maisel's…
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here