Inspired by true events, My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, is a story of ancient myth and modern madness. Brad Macallam, an aspiring actor performing in a Greek tragedy, commits the crime he is to enact in the play by killing his mother.
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A noxious plate of fetid tripe would go down easier. What an embarrassment to anyone involved with the actual story, or who worked in the cast and crew of this gaseous sampling of Herzog's worst impulses--sad evidence of the director's sheer decline into having become yet another vapid Hollywood feature director. For wasting resources alone, he should offer to eat his shoe--this time cold. Someone give him a Bolex.
My favorite moments were the two times that the action was put on hold and the characters on screen just stared forward, not even into the camera, inexplicably and expressionlessly gazing towards the audience. So good. This is a maddeningly great film from Herzog.
When I saw the dwarf and flamingos, I shouted "David Lynch, indeed!". Cast was glorious however Werner Herzog's classic dark and dreary South American lunatic story... I don't know why but this one was a little bit worse than my expectation too.
The cinematography really saves the film. Not bad, but could have use some more work on the screenplay and cut a bit loose on the massive (auto) reference. Still, it would have been nice that a collaboration between Lynch and Herzog would be more...
Why did Werner Herzog make a David Lynch film? Not that I'm complaining, since this is a darkly comic surrealist masterpiece packed with superb whacked-out performances from a stellar cast. Clearly not for all tastes, but for those with a deep love of dark absurdism, a pure joy.
I was really surprised by this film, given the negative reviews. It's watchable and shows a clear merging of Lynch's and Herzog's styles to create film that may not be worth the sum of its parts, but its parts are interesting.