LO AND BEHOLD: REVERIES OF THE CONNECTED WORLD REVIEWED
“Lo and Behold” allows Herzog to examine how the online world has changed the human experience. Herzog jumps between modern robotics, A.I., the impact of viral fame and a woman experiencing mobile radiation sickness. By the time Herzog interviews Elon Musk, everyone feels overwhelmed. While some futurists think that Herzog is approaching the matter in a traditional sense, I like to look past it. Herzog is an old barbaric soul who is bewildered by the cerebral evolving into something new.
As detached as Musk is to Herzog, Herzog is detached to the viewer. That doesn’t necessarily make him the best documentarian to tackle a heavily-covered area like this. Most of what Herzog highlights here has been done to death. But, he doesn’t preach about it ala Michael Moore. There are no heroes or villains in Herzog’s worlds. Just frightened specks of people dancing in a microcosm of something he doesn’t understand.
Now imagine all of that in his voice.
- 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1