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‘Crop Circle Realities’ review: Academic look at centuries old phenomenon

Everywhere signs.

Crop Circle Realities is a documentary that explores a phenomenon that seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. While cryptozoology seems to have become more popular and alien life remains fascinating to most, crop circles do not have the same intrigue they had in previous decades. This is mainly because many have come out and taken credit for their creation. But, what if there are other possibilities? 

The documentary is surprisingly gorgeous to look at. Director Darcy Weir uses a mix of older home movies and modern footage. The video captured from drones is stunning to look at. There is beauty that borders on art to many of the circles. They also succeed in adding an air of mystery to Crop Circle Realities. 

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It is this mystique that will be the draw for audiences. There are many plausible explanations regarding crop circles and the film goes about addressing them. Crop Circle Realities also provides eye witness statements to strengthen its argument that the designs are not exclusively terrestrial. These moments are interesting, but they also seem to have been included more out of a feeling of necessity.

'Crop Circle Realities' review: Academic look at centuries old phenomenon

Wisely, Weir has made a documentary that will not just appeal to those who already believe or is all about debunking hoaxers. The information is presented in a more informative matter as opposed to the conspiratorial tones usually employed in these types of films. This not only makes it more accessible, but enjoyable. 

Still, there are subjects that Crop Circle Realities seem to gloss over. Just as the more educational atmosphere will stand out, so will the lack of detail provided. This is especially striking since the documentary goes out of its way to present itself in a more academic light.

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