It's less a documentary than a standard Herzogian commentary on the folly of mankind & its efforts to ensnare & control the black beast of nature, here represented by the internet. For Herzog, these eggheads & academics are his Fitzcarraldo, struggling against an out-of-control technology; playing God, not because they have to, but because they can. His contempt for his subjects is palpable from the very first scene.
The master at work with a universal topic to grapple with; arguably, one too seismic to fully articulate and deconstruct. There are some incisive moments of course. His interviewing acumen is unquestionable (although he couldn't quite crack Elon Musk) and his narrative voice has that reassuring authorial gravitas. Chuffed to spectate his Q&A with the self-deprecating savant that is Richard Ayoade as interviewer.
More than a good film, Lo and Behold is an important film. Naturally, such a towering subject could have been a subject to ten episodes instead of ten chapters but Herzog's point is to give an overview of our connected world work and, ultimately, stimulate our curiosity and critical thinking. Cinema is always about perspective and Herzog forces its audiences to look at the world in a new light. That's mastery.
Herzog's latest documentary at first seems unfocused and too all encompassing but turns out to be the opposite and instead offers a very exacting portrait of what the internet has come to be and its very core of chaos in where its going. Sure some of the 'experts' seem a little suspect but the messaging has a grain of truth in its fear mongering and endgame hypothesis. Herzog continues to surprise and entertain.
A little embarrassing, to be frank. Formally lazy. Full of shockingly weak visual punchlines and lame rhetorical business. Herzog really seems to be dialing this one in. So inchoate and mashed together that invariably points of interest do emerge here and there as a matter of course. When the strongest things in a Herzog doc (and there aren't that many) come out of the mouths of interviewees, the situation is dire.
Herzog's take on how the explosion of information technology is rapidly changing human life. As always, he applies a "science fiction" gaze to subjects that seem too strange to be true. The twist here is that rather than a single extreme of the human experience, his subject directly impacts most of the planet today, so he tries to cast as wide a net as possible, making his subject the future of human life itself.
Exactly as the title describes - a predictably entertaining, if mostly forgettable, series of musings and impressions on aspects of life (and death; it is Herzog...) in the age of the internet. There's nothing new here. In fact, it feels more like a voice-over commentary on a set of ten trailers for films we've already seen. Still, I'd listen to Herzog narrate most anything; even his weakest films are watchable.