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Jiro Dreams of Sushi

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The first thing that stands out about this movement is about how beautifully shot it is.  There's tons of absolutely delicious looking food, with extreme slow-mo closeups of the preparation of said food.  It's a feast for the eyes, and made me want sushi really badly, even though I'm pretty ambivalent about it normally.

The second thing that stands out about this is just how ridiculously devoted our title character is to his craft.  He lives his job.  He doesn't seem to do anything else, and his entire day constitutes preparing one meal for the very wealthy.  It's admirable, and he has the results to show for it -- many people in the film call it the best sushi in the world, without an ounce of hyperbole.

But mostly, it struck me as a colossal waste of resources.  Sure, I suppose for Jiro himself there's a triumph -- he truly has mastered the art of making sushi in a way that nobody has ever done.  But in the end... so what?  That's a pretty good piece of sushi.  Then one of his patrons eats it, and it's gone.  On to the next piece of sushi.  And really, it's all in the service of some extremely bougie status symbol.  I like good food, and I like treating myself now and then, but there's an exclusivity and a lack of perspective about this restaurant that truly gives me the willies.

I yearn for a bit more editorial voice from this film.  It feels a little bit too admiring.

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