Monday, November 1, 2010

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done (2009)

Director: Werner Herzog. Cast: Michael Shannon, Willem Dafoe, Chloë Sevigny, Udo Kier, Grace Zabriskie, Brad Dourif. 91 min. Rated R. USA/Germany. Drama.

When Werner Herzog (master realist) and David Lynch (master dreamer) make a movie together ... we got a problem. The outcome is neither as thought-provoking as the former's other works, nor as enchanting as the latter's. Not sure how Lynch got the idea to produce a Herzog film, but the resulting concoction of contradictory film-making styles obviously doesn't work. Using Michael Shannon (the intelligent nutjob in Revolutionary Road) and Grace Zabriskie (who stole the show in the chilling opening of Lynch's Inland Empire), is adding insult to injury. Herzog has great hits, and great misses. This is a great miss.

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