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Movie Review - Cave of Forgotten Dreams

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Like Mike
Like Mike

I’ve got to say that going into this film I wasn’t exactly over the moon about it, as I knew who the director was. So as you can imagine I’m not really a fan of Werner Herzog, but to be fair I’m only judging that off his narrative features as I haven’t seen any of his documentaries before. Not only that, I’m basing my dislike off only two of his narrative features as well, ‘Rescue Dawn’ and ‘The Bad Lieutenant’, but either way I’m not exactly a fan of his work. But a media screening is a media screening after all, and I very rarely turn down a free movie, and especially one that was going to be in 3D and in gold class to boot! So yeah, I decided to give it a try.

“Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France, capturing the oldest known pictorial creations of humankind in their astonishing natural setting.”

Now this was a pretty damn interesting subject matter, and something that I had not a single bit of prior knowledge about. So it was a very cool eye opening film, for the first 60 minutes that is. This should never have been a 90 minute film, as for one, the subject matter doesn’t really need that much screen time, but secondly it gave Herzog the chance to just add in silly little bits that just didn’t fit with the rest of the movie and actually made people laugh at the film, not with it. So suffice to say, I didn’t catch all of the last 15 minutes, as I drifted in and out of little naps, and this film also doesn’t make me think any differently about the film maker himself, as this is 3 from 3 very average films in my eyes that I’ve seen of his work. But the subject matter was still pretty cool, but I just hoped it could have been told in a more interesting way.

6 out of 10 from me.

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