Classic Herzog. A bleak, hopeless and depressing drama about immigration and the American dream. A dream built on a lie. Instead of bringing hope it seem to recall old nightmares instead. Though considering Stroszek's treatment in Berlin the real question is "Is there anywhere he could have been happy?" It seems that Herzog tackles society in it self, and its inability to help those in need.
There is such a level of sincerity here that it almost feels like documentary, thanks to authentic performances and a spare sense of style. The ending is one of my absolute favorites as well, especially the dancing chicken! Only Herzog could end a film with such vivid, intoxicating imagery.
There's some great laughs of black comedy if you have an eye for it. But in the end it's just really sad, and surely one of Herzog's best films. Recommended.