These days, it's never too early to recount the recent past. So it's fitting, then, that just 20 months after the massive Fyre Festival debacle, we're treated to not one, but two documentaries premiering on competing streaming services in the same week. That Hulu surprise dropped its film, Fyre Fraud, only days before Netflix's anticipated FYRE was set to premiere shows what a hot media commodity this already well-known story was, and still is. Both movies, for all that they cover, are imperfect recollections of this insane cultural moment, but in the end, one of them comes out on top with a more thorough examination that is, frankly, just more entertaining. (Spoiler: It's Hulu.)
Fyre Festival, of course, was the ill-fated, luxury music festival that astonishingly imploded on the world stage in April and May 2017. The festival's organizers and founders, serial startup scammer Billy McFarland and perplexingly enduring rapper Ja Rule, booked major musical acts like Migos and Blink-182, sold lodging in luxury villas and glamping tents, and promised weekends of Instagrammable landscapes and partying on a private island once owned by Pablo Escobar. Helped along by a flashy viral commercial starring Instagram's most-followed models, like Chanel Iman, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Hailey Baldwin, McFarland managed to collect millions of dollars from the would-be festival goers. It wasn't until they arrived in Exuma, Bahamas, ready to flaunt their good time online, that everyone learned there was no festival at all, just a bunch of soaked disaster relief tents and $2 million worth of booze in what was essentially a concrete parking lot. The influencer attendees documented the scam in real-time on social media, thus beginning one of the greatest communal dunkings on rich Millennials ever to hit the internet.