Review: JAY MYSELF Is A Fun Documentary About Art And Home

FIRST IMPRESSION

Beautiful and entertaining, Jay Myself is a must-see for anyone who claims to be a fan of the arts or otherwise.
Directing
Entertainment Value
Technical Merit

Jay Myself, directed by Stephen Wilkes, is a unique and interesting portrait of photographer and artist Jay Maisel. Paying homage to his mentor, Wilkes tells Maisel’s story with an intimate feel, creating a documentary that is equal parts information, entertainment, and art.

Rather than making a typical biographical documentary of Maisel, Wilkes focuses on a major event in his life — Maisel moving out of the building in which he has lived and built up an unusual collection for over forty years. With this, Wilkes allows Maisel to share anecdotes, both about the meaning of the building to him and the significance of some of the objects in his collection, telling the story of Maisel’s career indirectly.

Additionally, this infuses a great deal of emotion into the film. The result feels like a much more personal tribute than a general biographical documentary, and as a result, it is easy to get drawn into Maisel’s world. His story, of living in a single place for most of his life, is one that is easy to which it is easy to connect for many people, even if we are not in this same situation.

Over the course of the movie, we get a glimpse of Maisel’s personality and who he is as a person. He is certainly a very compelling subject for a documentary. Although the film certainly makes sure that you will admire Maisel for his work by the end, great care is taken to make sure his humble and down-to-earth personality is highlighted. As such, Maisel feels approachable and likable.

jay myself jay

The movie is also quite well-paced. Clocking in at just under an hour and twenty minutes, this film really has no time to waste. Wilkes was successful in finding a rhythm for his movie, keeping it entertaining both visually and in terms of story. Of course, Maisel’s life is already fascinating, and that goes a very long way, but Wilkes is able to take it even further.

Visually, the film lives up to the expectations you would have. Not only is the movie about a photographer — it is also directed by a photographer, so you would expect nothing less than gorgeousness, and that is exactly what you get. So many of the compositions in the film are pristine and wonderful to look at, but the movie also manages to get the story across in a satisfying way.

The editing in the film is very good too. Wilkes truly does an amazing job of assembling his story elements in a way that is compelling and aesthetically-appealing. The movie is meant to be art just as much as a tribute to Maisel, and somehow, it succeeds at doing both. The score, with heavy jazz influence, is great as well, pushing along the film’s pacing and enjoyability.

Jay Myself is perhaps one of the most subdued documentaries about art to ever come out, and yet, it also manages to look and feel gorgeous. Any avid documentary-watcher will surely want to check this out, as your eyes will be glued to the screen the whole time.

Jay Myself opens in theaters on July 31.

TRENDING THIS WEEK

Pose | Season 2 Ep. 10: Angel Proposes to Papi Highlight | FX

These are happy tears...these are happy tears #PoseFX Season 2 is available on FXNOW. Subscribe now for more Pose clips: http://bit.ly/SubscribeFX Season 2 of Pose flashes forward in time to 1990. On the heels of the ballroom community establishing itself in pop culture and going mainstream, the House of Evangelista is forced to reevaluate their…

Two Sentence Horror Stories | Legacy Promo | The CW

Two Sentence Horror Stories is new Thursdays at 9/8c on The CW. Stream FREE next day on The CW App: https://go.cwtv.com/TWOgenyt SUBSCRIBE: http://go.cwtv.com/YTSubscribe About Two Sentence Horror Stories: An anthology horror series with disturbing tales of haunting for the digital age. About The CW: Official YouTube Channel for The CW Network featuring the hit series…

Recommended by Humans: High Maintenance | HBO

Real opinions from real people, paid for their time. #HBO #RecommendedByHumans Find a show. Watch free episodes. Share your #HumanReco now: http://www.humanreco.com. Subscribe to HBO on YouTube: https://goo.gl/wtFYd7 Don’t have HBO? Order Now: https://itsh.bo/GetHBONow Get More HBO: Get HBO GO: https://play.hbogo.com Like on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HBO Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/HBO Like on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hbo Official Site:…

The Hard Knocks Podcast: “All In or All Out” (with Rich Eisen) | Episode 3 | HBO

Host Peter Schrager breaks down episode three of Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Raiders. Then he’s joined by Rich Eisen, the face of the NFL Network and host of the Rich Eisen Show. Eisen, who used to work with Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock, gives us some insight into how Mayock is feeling about…

Marriage Story | Teaser Trailer (What I Love About Nicole) | Netflix

An incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. From Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach and starring Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda and Ray Liotta. Follow Marriage Story on Twitter: http://bit.ly/tw-marriagestory Follow Marriage Story on Instagram: http://bit.ly/ig-marriagestory Like Marriage Story on Facebook: http://bit.ly/fb-marriagestory Watch Marriage Story,…

Supergirl | How Well Do You Know Supergirl | The CW

Stream Supergirl FREE on The CW App: http://go.cwtv.com/genSPGyt SUBSCRIBE: http://go.cwtv.com/YTSubscribe About SUPERGIRL: SUPERGIRL is based on the DC character Kara Zor-El, Superman's cousin, who after 12 years of keeping her powers a secret on Earth, decides to finally embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be. Kara lives in…

Todd Gurley’s New Cat, Mr. Hulu Has Live Sports • Hulu • Commercial

Yeah, Todd Gurley got a cat named Mr. Hulu Has Live Sports. And yeah, Hulu paid him a ton of money to make him the biggest #catfluencer on Instagram. 🚨FOLLOW @MrHuluHasLiveSports FOR PREMIUM CAT CONTENT 🚨 #HuluSellouts
Avatar
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.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here