Marc Forster

Live-action/animated hybrid 'Zoom' is a playful narrative turducken

Live-action/animated hybrid 'Zoom' is a playful narrative turducken

In one of the three stories that make up the cheeky narrative infinity loop that is “Zoom,” a creatively stymied film director gets schooled by his more commercially savvy producer on how to get by in Hollywood. “You’re shooting stuff,” he says. (He actually puts it differently, but this is a family newspaper.) “You shoot the stuff. You send the stuff to the studio. They eat the stuff, and everybody’s happy.”

Whatever else you might say about it, “Zoom” boldly and decisively refutes this conformist logic. No one who sees this wobbly but amusing hybrid of live-action and rotoscope animation — an appreciably...

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