In my opinnion, what this short doc highlights is that we are reaching a point where content/story/characters/research are becoming a secundary role less important than production values, which in the case of the contemporary short doc are evolving into a stereotype.
Thats a tricky path we are taking as add agencies now believe they can do an epic emotional short bio doc about everything. And this is wrong because when you asume all you need is good production values and you dont make efforts to find a great story then it gets boring, banal. Stories are first, production values are second. Reversing the order will make every other short film look similar.
I have some filmmaker friends who use rack focus and shallow depth of field in EVERY shot and they just tell me i like my images like that.
If something, this is a good post to remember that in filmmaking we, ideally, should choose lens, depth of field and sliders or jib movements in order to convey an idea or an emotion....not just repeat over and over the same formula.