Film #318: MY SON, MY SON, WHAT HAVE YE DONE
My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
1 out of 5 stars
Werner Herzog pulls a page from David Lynch’s “If You Can’t Dazzle Them With Brilliance, Baffle Them With Bullshit” playbook with this tale of a man’s descent into madness. The actors do their level best with the horrendously flawed script, but it is all too little too late. There is so much wrong with the interior logic of the tale that it would take reams of paper to list them all. Suffice it to say, that the main character (played by Michael Shannon) does completely crazy shit from the get-go and no one around him - not his girlfriend, not his mom, not the director of some shitty play he’s in, not even his bats hit crazy uncle - seems to notice. Dafoe wanders into the proceedings and does little more than get people coffee. MY SON is an utter waste of Herzog & the actor’s time… and your 93 minutes.