Film Micrœview #312: Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (2016)

09.05.2016 § Leave a comment

Rating: Shrug.

Breadth is the film’s primary aspect, sometimes foggily interestingly, other times hazily disorganizedly.

Perhaps worth the price of admission just to see Elon Musk’s eyes scan furiously through his memory for a happy dream, but I wish Herzog had spoken to more compelling folks overall.

With a turn of phrase Herzog is capable of a lot. “While I would have liked to know more about the malevolent dwarf or whatever these characters are, I had to desist.” While at first this may strike you as mockery of the subject he had just been interviewing who was afraid to go into details about her online avatar she’d become addicted to, which is alarming even as we are frustrated along with him that we don’t get the juicy details, suddenly we awake and realize that knowing anything more wouldn’t have made any more of a point – it would have been nothing more than our morbid curiosity getting the better of us, underscoring issues about privacy invasion online all in one subtle and funny moment.

He also had a great bit where he said the well at a planetarium was supposed to resemble a black hole, and that indeed your coins disappeared into it irretrievably. Loved how it glosses over the actual science being demonstrated here, simultaneously mocking himself as well as the facileness of the metaphor.


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