Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Aguirre, the Wrath of God ★★★★

There are a few movies that are so good in certain aspects they can overpower anything you don't really care for and you can't help but smile as you watch them. This is one of those movies for me. It's slow and nearly plotless and it feels like a waste to not use widescreen tech for these lush locations but any of those issues are brushed aside by the sheer power of Klaus Kinski. This was Herzog's first movie with Kinski and mine as well. Hoo boy. Everything you've heard about the weirdo actor is probably an understatement. The guy is seriously nuts. He doesn't look, he leers. He doesn't walk, he careens. He doesn't talk, he expounds. This is not a man of half-measures, which fits nicely with the character he is playing. It's a central performance like no other. The themes of the movie are also interesting. Herzog's there with his nature as a force of destruction thing; it's fun to see just how much nature encroaches on all the ostentatious remnants of civilization at the end of this expedition. It's a silly trip anyways, let's revel in its fated unraveling.