The final Netflix Instant pick of 2013 is a great documentary that I saw earlier this year at the Florida Film Festival, and this documentary is called “Somm,” and it is all about the insane, rigorous and cutthroat world of wine-tasting. Seriously.
“You know the term “crowd-pleasing?” That’s what “SOMM” just happens to be, a crowd-pleasing film. This measuring of audience pleasure was quite easy at the Florida Film Fest screening this past weekend, as the packed theater burst into applause during several different moments of the movie, and often reacted quite audibly, and most importantly, in unison. By the time the exam results were being revealed at the end, it was obvious that the film had everyone in attendance in the palm of its wine-stained hand, which resulted in much of the spontaneous aforementioned clapping and shit.
This is definitely a well made documentary, because they managed to tell the story of four wine nerds studying for a test to become certified wine snobs, and they focused on the right people and the right details and put it all together in a compelling way and made this into a great movie.”