Hal is a documentary that covers the life Hal Ashby films over the 70s and 80s. I’ve only seen a few of Hal Ashby’s feel, so I wasn’t very familiar with his life story going into the film.
Director and editor, Amy Scott, does a beautiful job composing the film. I loved this little voiceover by Ben Foster reading old letters Hal wrote. But the film is primarily a celebration of his life and strays from any negative criticism.
Hal is most known for his films in the 70s such as Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, and Being There. The 80s brought along studio corporate consolidation shift which made it difficult for Hal to make the kinds of films he wanted. This all feels too familiar with the media consolidation we see today.
— Sundance 2018