Aguirre, the Wrath of God ★★★★½

Aguirre: The Wrath of God is a truly unique experience; one would struggle to find any other film quite like it. With its lack of score creating a eerily calm faux-tranquil atmosphere, the audience is ultimately left with nothing to focus on but the well-written story and the rich dialogue.

The most similar films are arguably Malick's early works, most notably Badlands and Days of Heaven. Unlike both of these films though, Aguirre is stripped off all the cheap enticements; all of the atmospheric musical nuances, and all pretension. It is difficult to recall a film where not only does dialogue play such an integral role; but pulls it off so well. And again, unlike certain other films that would opt for narration in this predicament, Aguirre takes the opportunity to weave a perfectly and beautifully simplistic, yet intriguing plot that completely mesmerises the audience. Aguirre: The Wrath of God is perfectly calculated down to every word of dialogue, every vivid piece of scenery; never dragging, and never rushing.