Everyone by now is well aware of my love/hate relationship with comic book writer Grant Morrison. So details of that aside, I’m going right into my review of the documentary “Grant Morrison: Talking With Gods.” The Documentary itself is pretty well done, though at times the editing and music choices tended to bother me but overall my attention was more on the interviews themselves. Aside from talking with Grant, the documentary features interviews with the likes of Jill Thompson, Geoff Johns, Frank Quietly, Warren Ellis, Matt Fraction and more with their takes on Grant’s work from the 80’s to today. Talking with Gods does a good job of giving you a lot of different perspectives and views on Grant, as well as his own opinions and balances them out well. Honestly, the whole piece made me feel a bit bad for being so harsh on Grant at times when as he explains all he wants readers to do is “think.”
One of my biggest pet peeves has always been the ending of Final Crisis. I didn’t get it the first time around and even after the second or third time I still didn’t quite understand what I read. It jumps a lot, and instead of being visually shown what’s happening you are left to use your imagination to fill in the gaps. Use your imagination? In Comics? But why! That’s how many of us responded to the last issue of Final Crisis and after seeing Grant’s reactions to fan backlash and his own explanations you start to realize a bit. “Maybe the whole point was that I was SUPPOSED to read it a few times to understand. Maybe I was SUPPOSED to sit and think about what I just read instead of putting the issue aside.” In a way, Talking with Gods helped me make peace with Grant in my own way along with the ending of Final Crisis.
Other points across the DVD include his work on books like Arkham Asylum and his sudden thrust into the mainstream, his time on Animal Man and Doom Patrol, The Invisibles, All Star Superman and just Grant’s life and interests themselves. You learn a lot about his inspirations and how some “out there situations” in his books are taken from his real life experiences and how he chooses to interpret them. Grant at one point explains that there is only the truth and that if you believe something to have happened, then it happened at least for you. Let’s face it, Grant can be what most people will term as “out there” and I agree, but I don’t intend that to have any negative connotations. There’s nothing wrong with “out there” and Grant usually does a fair job of balancing that in his books so that all readers can enjoy.
Talking with Gods shows you how Grant at times lived a rock star lifestyle, including drugs, heavy drinking and partying. It takes you on, for lack of a better term, a spiritual journey as Grant grows as a human being and shows how that affected his work and life. If you’re “Anti-Grant” or have at times struggled to understand his way of thinking, then like me you will enjoy Talking with Gods as it will help you to better understand the man and his work.
PETER may have to retract some previous statements he’s made about Grant Morrison after having seen this. But he still thinks the scene with Grant talking to little kids at a comic-con is pretty funny/odd.