By Mike Fossano
As many of you probably have heard by now, the Johnny Knoxville-hosted “Detroit Lives” three-part documentary from Palladium Boots recently went viral to what seems like generally warm reviews. In the film, Knoxville meets up with several young Detroit luminaries, including Slow’s BBQ owner Phil Cooley, musicians Ko Melina and Zack Weedon, and rapper Black Milk for a whirlwind tour that highlights the people and places that have helped to shape Detroit’s history.
Overall it’s a pretty interesting and at times entertaining film. Knoxville deserves a fair amount of dap for choosing to take the time to actually immerse himself in the city, rather than phoning in narrative voiceovers. While the subjects in the film offer great insight, ultimately nearly every mission ends with a visit to a different urban ruin. It would have been nice to get the perspective of Cooley and other entrepreneurial contemporaries, rather than the same suburban hipster clones that frequently appear as subjects.
The documentary can be watched in three parts:
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