Director: Chris Smith
Release Date: January 18th 2019 (Netflix)
Netflix’s 97-minute deep dive documentary about the 2017 Fyre Festival failure shows what happens when thousands of people invest in a criminal and a washed up rapper. In Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened, we hear from workers and people who were involved in the festival that was supposed to take place over two weekends in the Bahamian island known as Great Exuma.
The festival was sold to thousands as a luxurious and celebrity-filled festival featuring artists such as T.I., Frank Ocean, Ludacris and Blink-183. Billy McFarland founded the festival and created the Fyre Company. He got a ton of money from investors. As for the washed up rapper who helped bring in the money: Let us reintroduce to you to Queens’ very own Jeffrey Atkins, better known by his stage name, Ja Rule.
The rapper, like the many investors, was drawn to McFarland’s pitch. Ja Rule was bridge needed to draw fellow artists to the festival. But that bridge crumpled and failed like the festival itself. Fyre, directed by Chris Smith, includes the lawsuits and criminal charges that followed. Smith introduces to the workers who were never paid and others involved with the festival, giving even least knowledgeable person a feel of what really went down.
The Frye Festival has gone down as an utter failure. The Netflix original does a fantastic job of painting the scene. The subject matter is more than intriguing enough to keep anyone invested in the movie, even if you aren’t a documentary person.
After watching Fyre, you’re likely to agree that Billy McFarlard is a grade-A jackass.