Jasper Mall (2020)

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  •  (3.5 out of 5 stars)

If you grew up in shopping malls in the 80s and 90s, then be prepared to get nostalgic and depressed when you watch Jasper Mall (2020). Documentary filmmakers Bradford Thomason and Brett Whitcomb follow around a group of mall workers and patrons at a dying mall in Jasper, Alabama. It's hard not to laugh at the tragedy of it all, but the filmmakers cast an empathetic eye on their subjects as they contemplate with hope and despair on the future of this once booming mall. As their former shoppers have retreated to Walmart and into their homes to order on Amazon.com, we're left with a haunting portrait of a mostly vacant shopping mall and the few people that roam its corridors. The film would make for a cringeworthy and depressing double feature with another good 2020 documentary film about death in America called Some Kind of Heaven (2020) which covers occupants of the retirement community at The Villages, Florida.

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