A documentary portrait of prolific rap artist Lil’ Wayne. Favoring more an experiential tone than an informational one, Lough transcends even the most accomplished cinema verite documentaries to put you right inside the mind of his subject, an eccentric codeine and marijuana fan who has completely given his life over to making and promoting his music 24/7. Because of this, the film runs with a relentlessly repetitious pattern, one that rings of the vigorous construction of greatly crafted filmmaking. Yet, it still manages to deliver on a purely entertaining level as Lough treats us to hilarious interview footage, never before released daily freestyles (Wayne records two songs a day, every day of the year, and never writes down a single lyric) and backgrounds on the most important people in his life. Much like Margaret Brown’s “The Order of Myths” was to Sundance 2008, “The Carter” is the most experimental, most ambitious and most rewarding documentary screening in Park City this year, making it not only the strongest of the midnight section, but also the best film in Sundance 2009. – indiewire.com
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