Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Television Irreview: Wild Wild Country


***

As bad as Netflix is with movies, they're pretty good with television (although that star is quickly fading, as well).  And as pretty good as they are with television, they're outstanding with documentaries.

I've been meaning to watch Wild Wild Country since Netflix released it last year, but never got around to it.  This week, I finally fired it up.  And I have to say, it's... well... outstanding.

I don't know enough about the subject matter to state either way, but the documentary series feels so exquisitely balanced.  The good and the bad of all sides are presented in equal fashion, and while that may very well be a form of propaganda in and of itself, it makes for entertaining and compelling television.  Quite simply, by doing little more than assembling footage and letting people speak for themselves, the filmmakers (Chapman Way and Maclain Way) make you care about damned near everybody involved in this story.  It is (quite simply) the type of filmmaking that Americans want more of, but sensationalists in charge of production companies and studios won't let us have.  For all of my complaints about Netflix, I am very glad their system allows stuff like Wild Wild Country to exist.

Anyway, this is a pretty fantastic documentary.  Try as I might, I can find little fault with it.

9/10.