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Mon Aug 12, 2019 9:18 pm
Really good movie. Probably the only "found footage" film that presents the footage in the way a real documentary would, interspersed with talking head interviews adding context. The whole "found footage" conceit kind of puzzles me without that. Like, here's this footage of a bunch of scared kids stumbling through the woods that we took all the time to edit together but never bothered to interview local law enforcement, paranormal experts or local historians to explain what this whole "Blair Witch" thing is or what ever happened to their missing persons' case. Why would we do that?
It is hands down both my favorite "found footage" film and also maybe my favorite "faux documentary".
I think that it also does an excellent job of making it seem real by introducing elements that align with "reasonable doubt."
Too often, found footage films show outlandish things: we literally see monsters or people levitating. If someone got a werewolf or a sea monster on film, there would be so much cultural STUFF around it! Why would anyone waste time watching the whole set of footage?
I love that Lake Mungo
hangs their whole narrative on a horror that, to a skeptic, would seem implausible. You see why someone would not believe some of the footage. It makes the whole story feel like it actually fits in our world.
I think it's pretty genius that the film has within it the idea
I also happen to think that it's full of really strong performances, that it is very well paced and plotted, and that it manages to tell a deeply personal and relateable story about depression and powerlessness and isolation (on the part of the daughter), but also about grief and loss and confusion (on the part of the family).
Sometimes I go onto the IMDb and just feel angry and baffled that Joel Anderson, the man who wrote and directed Lake Mungo
, has never made another feature film. Like, what the heck?