Review on Helvetica (2007) ---this is a real film, please google it and watch it
3.0 (out of 5.0)
I watched Helvetica Wednesday afternoon because I’ve always had a passion for fonts. I spent $4 to rent the film on Amazon, and I should’ve used that money to buy yogurt this morning. Times New Roman has the history, Calibri has the clout, but Helvetica has it all. I was especially impressed with the work of the cast in this film. Here are the people I’m talking about:
Director Gary Hustwit also did a good job.
The parents guide is useful for this documentary because it is not suitable for children:
The word "jackas*" flashes briefly on the screen.
There is a skateboard deck that says f*ck yoga.
Sex & Nudity:
Erik Spiekermann refers to his love of type as similar to other men "looking at girls' bottoms."
Erik Spiekermann scares me a little.
This film is not yet rated. It came out over a decade ago, so I suppose people stopped caring. It is also useful to read the FAQ on IMDb
I think my review is all you need, but here are some more reviews from IMDb addicts:
Excellent and unusual!!
intellistar19 June 2007
My family and I saw this movie at the Gene Siskel Theatre in downtown Chicago yesterday evening. Being the geek I am, when I first heard the title, I was there! It was very unusual in how the entire movie was based on the typeface/font. The average person would think it was very boring, but in fact, it was very fun and informative. It was by far, the most NOT-boring documentary i've ever seen. The movie is is definitely directed towards graphic designers, and found it very inspiring to go into the graphic "business"
Overall, this was an excellent movie!
I would definitely see it again!
A Highly Unusual and Insightful Documentary
JustCuriosity17 March 2007
Helvetica screened this week at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX where it was very well-received. In a million years it would never have occurred to me to do a documentary on a type font. The film makers somehow came up with the idea of doing a cultural history of the Helvetica font which has become the almost universal default modern font over the past 50 years. Fonts are almost like the air we breathe. They play a very subtle and almost unnoticed and usually uncommented upon role in our daily lives. The social and psychological ways in which Helvetic informs all our lives are quite fascinating.
Helvetica is a humorous film that combines a series of interview clips with a variety of often rather quirky graphic font designers with shot of various street signs and corporate logos. The film provides a great deal of insight into the role of the Helvetica font in shaping Western culture. Helvetica is both entertaining and informative in that it provides great insight into a ubiquitous aspect of modernity about which most of us are completely oblivious. I hope that many people get the opportunity to see this unusual and insightful film, because it opens a fascinating window for better understanding our society. Since versions of Helvetica are also the default font on most computers, many of us type in Helvetica constantly without even realizing it.
As I walked home from the film, I couldn't help noticing that many of the street signs in Austin appeared to be in Helvetica