Quest for Fire ★★★★

Much like a human being, what begins as somewhat hokey—like a poor imitation of the beginning to 2001, complete with the occasional wink from a fanfaring score—ends up being charming, intelligent (if rather loose with the science), warm, and remarkably funny, celebrating the complexity of experience both good and bad that makes us human, even at our most historically rudimentary. Regardless the necessary limitations of the effectively wordless screenplay, the corny prosthetics and makeup, or the narratively convenient anachronisms, the committed performances by the then-unknown leads have a way of pulling the viewer into the story, making you feel for and think about these people who exist on the borderline between feeling and thought, the demands of survival and the desire for more.