Colour, 99 Minutes
Verdict: Werner Herzog has made almost as many documentaries as he has fictional films, and his documentaries most certainly have a cinematic element to them. Encounters at the End of the World is one of his best documentaries as he explores the wonders of Antarctica and its fascinatingly beautiful areas, revealing more than just gorgeous landscapes.
Plot: Herzog and his small camera crew travel to Antarctica were they interview the various people who work and live there, and explore the cold and desolate areas of Antarctica.
At this stage, I have fully fallen in love with Herzog’s films, and it is clear he is one of the best documentary filmmakers with films such as Into the Abyss and Grizzly Man in his filmography. His narration is excellent, his curiosity shows him as an explorer of the world and his writing is golden. When we hear Herzog speaking over the visuals in his documentaries, we have full attention to what he is saying. With such a voice, on par with that of Morgan Freeman's voice-over voice, it definitely gives his documentary's more edge.
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The soundtrack is also worth mentioning. In many of Herzog's documentaries we are presented with montages of whatever the film's subject is, were we hear beautiful music. This one has a beautifully composed soundtrack by David Lindley and Henry Jaiser that give the film extra poignancy.
This is a finely constructed documentary filled with lavish imagery of Antarctica and will mesmerise you without a doubt. Herzog gives an excellent narration and captures on film some beautiful images that do not cease to fascinate you: a very well worth watching film.