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Review of the documentary Monero means money

May 17, 2020

You can remember it An independent film about Monero recently led the US box officewith gross sales of just $ 3,430, largely thanks to the massive closure of cinemas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The film’s producer, Justin Ehrenhofer, recently contacted Cointelegraph to let us know Monero means that money is now available for free streaming on YouTubeSo we decided to check it out.

Elephant in the room

Let us first think of the following: Monero means that money is not a documentary in the traditional sense (or maybe another) of the term.

Review of the documentary Monero means money
Review of the documentary Monero means money

After the mandatory disclaimer, we find a pretty nice sequence of credits that lasts for about a minute Archive recordings from a 1978 National Geographic film, the explains the collapse of the gold standard.

After that, you basically see one Monero advertising conference by Dr. Daniel Kim in late 2019. It is shot from an angle, with the associated slides superimposed.

Sure, there are two other archive short films, one of which discusses a newborn’s right to privacy and the other the value of money based on trust in the government, but essentially this is the case like a TED talk without the production values ​​… or the objectivity.

Great idea, but bad implementation

“But Jack,” I hear you say virtually. “”Wasn’t that the point?“And you would be right.

After seeing the desperately low till numbers at the start of the quarantine, Ehrenhofer deliberately He set off to see if he could top the charts with a film that hastily builds on his passion, Monero.

This is a very commendable goal, and did it together with column space (including those you are reading) about the coverage you have received for Monero. In this regard, great success has been achieved.

I just wish he had tried a little harder.

Technically, it should be impressive to get a film from concept to premiere in just one week. But This is literally just a lecture with credits and some added file clips. With today’s digital projection technologies in cinemas, what is presented here could be released the next day.

Safe in a week could have re-recorded the presentation… or at least edit it to remove Kim’s verbal stumbling blocks and attacks on the audience … or maybe even mark only parts of the associated slides if Kim does.

The judgment

Should you see it

If you are already interested in Monero, you are unlikely to learn anything new… … but you probably still want to see it for the prestige of a “film” about Monero at the top of the US box office.

If you don’t know much about Monero, then that is informativeBut the internet is too and you don’t have to spend 80 minutes watching it …

Still, of course There is novelty value in watching a cryptocurrency film topping the charts. Ehrenhofer certainly deserves some respect for this. And somehow it makes it cooler if you don’t try too hard.

All proceeds from the theatrical release were returned to the screenings., which was also a noble gesture.

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