Thursday, 30 August 2007
The Wild Blue Yonder
Last night we saw this film from eccentric genius director Werner Herzog. It centres on an alien who dissects human space travel to thought provoking effect. In the process he has a lot to say about valuing the earth. There is extensive re-contextualised use of footage (such as scenes under the Antarctic Ice) and appearances from NASA scientists proving that NASA has a sense of humour! The soundtrack is distinctive, featuring cellos and chanting. Its insightful and thought provoking, but I think it could have been cut without the message or atmosphere being lost.