Being a fan of Werner’s, I was curious to see how this would turn out. I’m not really sure how to describe it; it’s almost like a David Lynch film at times. Nic Cage’s performance is remarkable, he’s so over the top–but it fits the mood of the movie perfectly. He’s totally zonked out, channelling some odd mixture of Kinski and Jimmy Stewart (he has a wierd drawl that he slips into and out of at random moments throughout the movie).
The story line isn’t anything special. The real attractions are the offbeat characters and Herzog’s vision (he says the movie really has nothing to do with the 1992 “original”). There just aren’t too many directors that use reptile-POV scenes these days. I think that the SFGate review summed it up nicely this way: “There are moments where you’ll swear that Herzog hired Gary Busey as his cinematographer, recruited Dennis Hopper to punch up the script and then fed them both peyote.”
I’m not sure I could really recommend it, but the reviews have been pretty good. It was funny to hear a couple of people comment when they were leaving the theater, “What the hell was that all about?”