Ralph Breaks the Internet
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[Subject] Phillips is a lot better at walking than talking, and his musings seem especially insipid intercut with audio clips of Herzog's sage observations.
The real interest in the film is not the journey or even Linas Phillips, but the people he meets on the way.
Even the most ardent Herzog admirer may want to hail this fledgling documentarian a cab and call it a day.
Phillips's trip begins as an attention-grabbing show of devotion but transforms into a many-sided experiment in empathy.
The high-strung antics of Linas Phillips, who films his hike from Seattle to Los Angeles to meet Werner Herzog, may strike some as a noble spiritual undertaking, but others will find it an exercise in indulgent self-absorption.
The documentary Walking to Werner is a deeply self-reflexive work, perpetually at risk of disappearing into its own iris.
By the end of Walking to Werner, we are no worse off but we are not much better either.
Despite the callow, self-absorbed aspects of Phillips' undertaking, there's something endearing about his determination to recreate -- and then some -- a 30-year-old gesture that looked nutty then and only looks nuttier now.
It's an impressive odyssey, but the film -- which alternates between Phillips' ceaseless ramblings and interviews with the predictably eccentric folks he meets on the road -- plays like a prolonged death march.
Phillips's singular determination is not unlike that of the artist he aspires to meet.
It's the closest thing to a cinematic religious experience I can think of -- all combined with Phillips' terrific sense of visual style, humor and willingness to risk life for art.
Walking to Werner flirts with becoming an ordeal.
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