Viva Amiga full movie review - Viva Amiga: Lackluster Computer Revolution Documentary
I had rented this film and streamed it online, after waiting about five and a half years for it to get made from a kick-starter campaign. I was so excited for it to finally get released. I followed the updates on Facebook, and the website as well. So here is my review.
After all this waiting, the film was only an hour long, kind of short for a history lesson about Amiga computers and how awesome they were. The people being interviewed seemed to be more angry that they didn't rise to the top and actually make a computer that sold like Apple. It felt like a lot of times that they were living in the past to this very day. Now I'm not saying that the Amiga computers were garbage, because they were far from that. But I'm talking about how this film felt as a viewer.
It was like "crying in your beer" type of atmosphere, it was as if the people that were part of Amiga development were whining and snivelling through the whole film, they talk about bad management, being involved with Commodore and so forth, how they got raked over by Microsoft when Windows came out, with no real in depth exploration. Just a lot of cuts to old photos, and too many computer animation segues. They mentioned Jack Tremiel, the owner of Commodore, but once again didn't go into too much detail, they basically made him look like he was Satan, by displaying cartoons that made him look like the devil himself, and that's how this film pictured him.
There were no interviews from the other side of the story, like people from Microsoft, or Apple and the people that were involved with Commodore. It would of been nice to hear them speak on how they feel today about how cool the Amiga was. I bet they would of told some pretty good stories, on how the marketers tried to overcome or undermine Amiga computers. This aspect would of been nice to see, instead we get a few talking heads from Amiga, and a couple people that are Amiga "enthusiasts", which once again gives the viewer an impression that the people involved are still holding grudges after all these years.
Viva Amiga really didn't leave a strong impression, it felt rushed, and something I could not sink my teeth into. I have watched many documentary's about technology and computers, with films like 8 Bit Generation: The Commodore Wars, Atari:Game Over and also films like "Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine" and Revolution OS:Linux Documentary.
The above films mentioned had a way of sucking me into what was happening on the screen in front of me. But Viva Amiga was a very bland way of telling the story of this wonderful machine. The trailer for the film seemed more entertaining than the actual film.
All in all, I would say skip this film, it had no depth, and was just surface entertainment. The end tried to leave a positive note but fell flat as it was almost too nerdy, with the Amiga still being used to produce some sort of Electronica music. I recommend checking out those other films I mentioned if you would like to watch a more in depth documentary about the computer revolutions of the past.
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