I Called Him Morgan, directed by Swedish director Kasper Collins, has had a strong release in the US.
The documentary opened in New York on the 24th of March and is currently rated the third best movie of 2017 on Metacritic.
I Called Him Morgan follows the dramatic destinies between two individuals, with love and music at the centre. It chronicles the murder of legendary jazz musician Lee Morgan, one of the music world’s most shocking and talked about murders. In February 1972, during a performance at Slug’s club in the East Village, New York, Lee Morgan was shot to death by his partner Helen. The world premiere was held at the Venice Film Festival back in September 2016 and it has been making the festival rounds with screenings in Telluride, Toronto, London and New York.
Vox’s Todd VanDerWerff are among many critics singing the film’s praises, calling it “an Oscar winner for Best Documentary Feature just waiting to happen”. The Guardian’s Jordan Hoffman echoed those opinions in his review, giving it 5 out of 5 stars, saying the feature ”isn’t just the greatest jazz documentary since Let’s Get Lost, it’s a documentary-as-jazz“.
More glowing reviews are found below:
Village Voice, Alan Schersthul
New Yorker, Richard Brody
New York Times, A.O. Scott
Vulture, David Edelstein
NPR, Nate Chinen
Slant, Chuck Bowen
Paste Magazine, Tim Grierson
Newsweek, David Weiss