This lively, riveting documentary about our nation’s crazy agricultural policies starts off like a goof and slowly builds into both a devastating, muckraking commentary and a poetic ending worthy of Field of Dreams. Plus, it never loses a sense of humor.
It follows two college graduates, Curt Ellis and Ian Cheney, as they decide to learn everything possible about corn after discovering the presence of that farmland mainstay in their hair.
But as King Corn explores all this, it doesn’t sacrifice its likeable subjects’ affability or its love for the beauty of the Great Plains landscape and the people who work it. After this is over, you might never want to eat corn-fed beef or drink anything with corn fructose in it again. But you’ll want to recommend King Corn to anyone who eats — or likes movies. (Steven Rosen) Grade: A