Review in Brief: Bo Burnham: Inside (2021)

INSIDE is a feature film, no question. At the very least it’s a musical, with elements of documentary and insightful monologue mixed in. Comedy musician Bo Burnham spent over a year crafting a unique special for Netflix and decided to document the process and his rapidly degrading mental state during lockdown in addition to serving up a series witty and hilarious songs about isolation, the always-online world and millennial culture, including “White Woman’s Instagram” and “Welcome to the Internet” to name only the two funniest and most ear-wormy. It almost doesn’t matter whether Burnham really secluded himself to this extent throughout lockdown and throughout this project, the raw emotions behind the songs are genuine and applicable to the experiences of so many and if it is just a performance he’s giving then it’s a damn convincing one. Film, series of skits, performance art or something else, Inside could be the piece of popular culture for the Covid Generation. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

Writer and film fanatic fond of black comedies, sci-fi, animation and films about dysfunctional families.
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