Being Elmo is the heart felt
documentary by director Constance Marks that goes beyond the phenomenon
of Sesame Streets most famous muppet, Elmo and takes the viewer
behind the scenes (literally) to this wonderful creation loved by
children across the globe. The man in question is Kevin Clash who as a
child became mesmerised of the world of puppets.
Unlike other children and teenagers at
school, Kevin was an individual filled with wonder, love and creation
who after watching puppets on TV, inspired him to create his own.
Ironically, Kevin's High School Year Book named him the most likely
student to become a millionaire. This documentary goes into great detail
of Kevin's life, thanks to archival footage and interviews with family,
stars and puppeteers. Each person interviewed has the utmost respect and
love for this man.
As Kevin visits terminally ill children,
the heart and soul of Elmo is pure Kevin who seems connected with
everything good in the world. Without his amazing dedication and love
towards those fans of Elmo, this persona could not have come into
existence. However Kevin's life was not all about the colourful world of
Sesame Street or meeting his childhood idol Jim Henson.
Unfortunately his dedication to his work
forced him into a divorce and he
unwittingly neglected his only daughter. Amazingly it was a letter from
his daughter that forced him to slightly step away from Elmo and spend
more time with her before she went to college. Nonetheless, Kevin is
still involved with Elmo and this documentary shows almost every facet
of his amazing life.
This is definitely the feel good
documentary of the year!