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Having seen the first episode of 8 only, I'm in two minds whether to watch the rest. The first story continued from a storyline portrayed in a recent episode of The Bill. And a very interesting, intriguing and surprising storyline it was, too.
But what spoilt it for me was the filming technique. Just because you can stick a modern TV camera right up the actor's nose doesn't mean you have to. I watched on a small TV set, but the thought of seeing someone's head fill the whole of a 3-foot wide TV screen makes me feel seasick. Pretending to hide behind another character's head or a plant is a very dull, and now over-used, way of trying to create a sense of reality. The filmic technique merely gets in the way of the story.
Most films take us to a fictional place. This one takes us to a real place - but so different to what we know, that it might as well be fictional.
Julia Roberts's love of, and enthusiasm for, the Horsemen of Mongolia and their lifestyle comes across very well. They are a fantastic people, and we in the west could learn a lot from them.
The only negative side is: having seen this documentary, it makes me realise how shallow many Hollywood movies are. I'll watch Pretty Woman and Notting Hill again, of course, but for now, "In the Wild: Horsemen of Mongolia" is my favourite Julia Roberts film.