I wouldn't have watched this without reading the reviews plus that Tom Hanks and John Mayer were in it but I found I didn't want to get up from the film as it was very engaging and spoke to the nostalgia for tangible creations of art and writing... while embracing and using technology to not be consumed by it. Overall interesting and informative, found myself wondering if my folks who kept everything, broken or not, have a typewriter around.
Certainly being 62, I learned typing early (it was offered as a high school class) and got my first jobs in offices from that skill, (which evolved into computer office skills in my mid-20's as well) so watching this film was full of that creative-writing and vocational familiarity ... and evoked the paradox. The annoyance of filing out 3-color forms and having to use 3 colors of white out for each mistake turned me into a good typist ... the wanting to edit something written ... all made computers so welcome when they came. But then the computer screen sort of takes over your vision while the typewriter used to give an open scope. The downside is that while the sound may be enjoyable while working on a typewriter, to a housemate or thin-walled apartment neighbor, it can be maddening and wreck any chance for a peaceful space; whereas the computer is quiet and that is the upside, (much like having a family member who wants to play music you don't like at all ... when you want to hear your own music ... has now been pacified by headphones (ear buds) and saved relationships and given each one what they want.
Well, as you can see, it's a film that gets you thinking, creative again, remembering ... remembering things like getting hand written letters in the mail or having your writing or your lyrics in a book of pages rather than on a CD or saved hard drive ... the interaction with more personal, more tactile, experiencing of life.
I can say that while it was a low-key sort of documentary, for this genre of creatives who would watch such a thing, it's better than I would have guessed.
I felt they missed something by not showing / including a piece on the late Paul Smith, a typewriter artist with cerebral palsy, who created art you never would imagine could come from a typewriter to fill out the story ... Google him if interested. Also today I saw a YouTube clip of a make-shift band who used a typewriter in their percussion section ... complete with bell from the moving typewriter lever. ...
Do you know how many edits I made in this little review... not from errors but for writing & reading purposes? Would have been a mess on a typewriter. Lol. But now I want one anyway...
.... Good film... satisfying.