“Encounters at the End of the World” (2008)

I can review Werner Herzog’s documentary on Antartica, Encounters at the End of the World, in one word: Neat. Extra emphasis on the “n” to denote enthusiasm.

If you’re interested in a bit more information, though, Herzog says in his commentary that he doesn’t set out to make a film about fuzzy penguins. Thank goodness. I hated that movie. There are a few scenes with penguins, but Herzog takes the approach I wished was included in that fuzzy-penguin movie–it focuses on the deviant, weird ones, just as Herzog interviews their human counterparts from McMurdo station. There are scientists who think the Earth is going to regulate humanity right off it, surreal seal sounds, and some brief backstory on Scott and Amundson. But it’s the images, accompanied by Herzog’s inimitable accent, that linger. Good stuff.

One Response to ““Encounters at the End of the World” (2008)”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    GTK. At the video store, I’ve been picking it up and putting it down, not quite sure. Bumping up the list. Thx!