From 1987 to 1989 there was no louder mouth on TV than Morton Downey Jr. His show was unlike anything else on the air and sparked the popular trend throughout the 90s of the fighting talk shows. Now there is a new documentary Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie that takes you back to the height of the series and gives fans a peek behind the curtain.
Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie is filled with old footage, animation, interviews and everything in between to take fans behind the scenes of the rise and fall of the most outrageous talk show in the history of television. The original format of the series took on serious topics and Downey said what everyone else was thinking giving a voice to the masses all while stirring up controversy around every corner. This documentary does a decent job of giving that inside look, but instead of just the series takes you more about the man himself. Sure there is plenty of aspects of the show, but does miss the mark a bit on really focusing on the ins and outs of this groundbreaking series. With that being said this is still a well-structured and intriguing documentary that not only gives you a better understanding of the man, but also the pressures he was faced and the lengths he would go to for fame and ratings. The animation is pretty cool and artsy but no doubt is a perfect representation of Downey’s career. This is one of those stories that seems more like some kind of movie script from his association with the Kennedy family to his singing career and rise and fall in the public eye that plays more out of a tragedy than anything else.
For those that watched the show when it was on the air getting to see that old footage again sparks nostalgia from a time when this wasn’t the norm and still seems even more over the top than all the copy cats that came after. There are even some questions regarding some of the most popular controversies and scenarios of his life and career that are finally answered that is sure to satisfy some of the die-hard fans.