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Most of the time, the imagery feels busy and labored, edited into elliptical shards and superimpositions as a way of distracting from the movie's overall hollowness.
Sometimes dizzying, enchanting or confounding, but it is certainly never boring.
Most filmgoers will come away only mildly convinced of Bolden's place as jazz's inventor and even less sure that the movie they just saw spun a coherent or compelling narrative.
No one could ever call "Bolden," a vivid and inventive musical-drama about the unsung life of New Orleans jazz "inventor" Charles "Buddy" Bolden, a by-the-numbers biopic.
The film generalizes the story to the point of erasing the man at its center - borrowing from so many places that it ultimately amalgamates its forgotten master out of existence.
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