Schaner lets Perry exist in his own space and, at times, that proves a calamitous decision. In an effort not to constrain, the filmmaker in fact loses control - failing to incisively draw out the best bits of Perry. The result is a meandering documentary, that quickly loses its way amidst high-minded aspirations of capturing one of the music industry's most elusive and creative figures. Adding insult to injury, when Schaner does resort to the use of conventional documentary techniques such as talking heads and voiceovers, they are half-hearted and fail to make a meaningful contribution to the overall portrait. Vision of Paradise isn't really a vision of paradise at all. Rather, it's a mish-mash of ideas, cobbled together by a filmmaker so enthralled with his subject that he fails to find coherence among the unbridled creativity.
Allie Gemmill | @alliegem