Netflix vs Hulu: Review of Fyre Festival Documentaries


Maddie Kosc

WATCH PARTY: Film lover and junior, Eshan Selvan, watches the trailer to Netflix’s “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” during his lunchtime in the library. Selvan said the new documentary had been recommended to him by many of his peers, and that he plans to watch it soon.

Before I even watched the documentaries, I had heard about the festival everywhere. There were various news outlets covering the failed music festival, GoFundMe accounts for the various workers that had not gotten paid, and memes about the event. When I finally decided to watch one of the many documentaries that had come out about the infamous festival, I did not know what to expect.

I decided to watch “Fyre: The Greatest Party That Never Happened” first. This documentary was on Netflix and I started watching it with both of my parents. I soon realized there were far too many swears for me to be comfortable watching with my parents. However, the basis and the execution were interesting. The documentary gave a great behind the scenes look at what exactly went wrong when planning the festival. It also drew attention to a bigger issue in our society; so easily buying into things we see on social media.

FYRE FOOD: The menu at Billy McFarland’s Fyre Festival, as featured in Netflix’s “FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened,” included foods such as sliced bread and plain greens. The disaster of a festival that took place in May of 2017 also featured hurricane tents as well as air mattresses for scammed guests. By Maddie Kosc

Next, I began watching “Fyre Fraud” on Hulu. This time I watched it alone. Compared to Netflix’s take on the festival, Hulu’s documentary had less structure. It still gave the key points to how the festival went wrong and the implications of it.

In the end, I thought that the documentaries based on the failed festival were both excellent in covering the event. However, I would not recommend watching both as the directions of the documentary are not different enough.