Fyre Netflix Review


Cole Paterson, Staff Writer

Hundreds of people stranded on an island with almost no way back and almost no shelter or proper food when they expected luxury music festival that they paid thousands for

The Netflix documentary Fyre:The Greatest Party That Never Happened directed by Chris Smith about the failed Fyre music festival gives us more information about the disaster.

Smith shows us how the Fyre Music festival coordinator Billy McFarland created the festival with some hopes and possibly delusion of how the festival would end up turning out.

We get an inside look of what McFarland was thinking when he and rapper Ja Rule announced that they had bought Pablo Escobar’s island and that they were hosting a luxury music festival that would be the talk of the century. They both thought that this festival would be a hit, but they had no experience and did not think much about what problems they could face.

Smith shows that the failed festival was not as much of a joke as we thought when we were just looking on social media in 2017 when it happened.

A lot of what the media was talking about when the event was first trending was just the cheap cheese sandwiches the event attendees got instead of the fancy meal they expected. This is not that big of a deal but that this not the only problem that these people attending the festival faced.

Smith shows the hardships these people went through while on this packed island were not just as simple and almost minor, like a cheese sandwich instead of a fancy meal, but instead they were packed on this island that was not even prepared for their arrival.

People were forced to fight for a place to sleep just because the festival was not prepared to host everyone and did not have nearly enough tents to hold all the people. Not only did they use tents instead of the villas that the people paid for, these were leftover tents from hurricane Matthew used in the recovery process.

To add on to the tent problem, there was a terrible rain storm the night before the festival was supposed to happen so all the tents were soaked and it made for a nightmare seen as everything was covered in mud.

After people fought for the tents and some were left without a tent, they had to go eat the cheese sandwiches which provide them with food but not nearly enough especially when they had paid thousands for a better food accommodation than a “gas station sandwich”.

This documentary does a great job of combining the intense footage that they got and then mixing it in with the interviews to really explain what was going on. An explanation is really helpful because this story is not as straightforward as it seems.

Smith also does a great job of getting perspectives from employees who put the event together but since they were organizing the festival without actually being on the island, they had no idea of what they were doing. These people were tricked and manipulated by McFarland and Smith does a good job of showing their sides of the story.

Some may also want to hear McFarland’s side of the story and the Hulu documentary Fyre Fraud may satisfy that desire. The Hulu documentary was able to get an interview with McFarland which gives us another perspective on what happened.

The Netflix documentary had more content on the actual event because Netflix was supposed to do a show about the actually Fyre festival in 2017, so they had all the footage leading up to the event. They also got footage when the disaster happened whereas the Hulu documentary only has interview material after the event which Netflix also has.

I believe that both the Netflix and Hulu documentaries should be watched together because they both fill in the others missing gaps of the story.

This is a fantastic documentary to watch because not only is it factual and serious, it is also entertaining and actually squeezed a few funny parts amidst all the trouble in “paradise”.