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Sundance Film Festival: Werner Herzog's "Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World" entertaining but flawed
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
Jan 25, 2016 | 5919 views | 0 0 comments | 436 436 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival
Photo courtesy of Sundance Film Festival
slideshow

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Directed by Werner Herzog

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Any discussion about the future of the Internet that doesn't include a single person under the age of 35 is fatally flawed.

Sadly, the presence of this fatal flaw completely drags down the final section of Werner Herzog's new documentary, "Lo and Behold: Reveries of an Interconnected World." The wildly ignorant final section has so little idea of what life on the Internet is actually like these days that it completely ignores the concept of social media, casting an unfortunate shadow over the entertaining "This American Life"- style vignettes that came before. None of it was profound by any means, but at least it had been amusing food for thought.

The documentary has a loose thematic arc, but the vignettes grow more scattered as the movie progresses and Herzog lets himself get distracted. The beginning is the best, focusing on the people who started the Internet and getting their musings on how dramatically it's changed in the time since. Other vignettes were interesting or unnerving by turns, and Herzog has a dry sense of humor that leads to quite a few belly laughs.

Then Herzog lets himself start pontificating, or at least lets a collection of older white men start pontificating about how people don't speak to each other anymore. It was basically a filmed version of the kind of conservative blogs that abound on the Internet they speak so poorly of, and is unworthy of everything that came before it.    

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