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Expedition Happiness (2017)

Two free spirits, one dog. Traveling the vast spaces of an enormous continent in search of something more.

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Felix Starck
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Never thought I could dislike a travel documentary that much
17 May 2017 | by profalseidolsSee all my reviews

I did not have any expectations when I went to the movie theater to see "Expedition Happiness", just hoped for some Sunday evening entertainment with nice pictures and some travel vibe. Hard to disappoint that, but this movie made it. I felt like I got caught in a loop of some hipster YouTube blog-thing with the same five pictures constantly repeating and without any story to tell. After 45 minutes I thought I couldn't take anymore shots of the hipster girl with a bun on her head filmed from behind in front of some panoramic landscapes but boy, there were so many more to come.

I didn't get to know the two main characters, didn't get the vibe of the places they visited because they hardly showed other people and only short glimpses of local customs, food, whatsoever. The story started off with the explanation of how they both didn't like to stick in one place and live a regular, normal life so they decided to look for happiness on the road. That was about it, this thriving and whether or not is was fulfilled on the road was not to be mentioned at all during the movie, not until the final last sum up at the end. I hoped to be taken on an off the beaten path-road trip with some funny, interesting, maybe thoughtful traveler anecdotes but that feeling never came up. Maybe because the couples didn't do anything besides driving and quickly jumping out of the bus without any serious hiking, kayaking or whatsoever activity. Felt like they mainly focused on taking hip footage at panoramic view places with their dog which was always dragged around on a short leash.

But what annoyed me most were the technical lapses. To me, it felt like I've never seen a movie which disrespected to art of movie making itself so much. Repeating images over and over again, super-zoomed in landscapes, shots which cut off important parts of the image shown, dirty lenses. Selfie filming, the same sound error occurred every time the girl took a selfie video and talked into the camera. Too many varying ways of establishing places with the camera (for example: a small canyon. Beautiful place but camera work that makes you dizzy: stills mixed with walking shots, then following the girls hand, then an autonomous camera fast forwarded in "Evil Dead" style, then we see the girl again from two different angles - everything blurred together withing 30 seconds.). Many times, the scenes which were shown were not explained at all or in an obviously wrong way. Nobody is born as a brilliant, skillful camera man but if you decide to go on a 100,000 Euro road trip (read that in an interview) and make a movie about it - please invest into a camera and film editing workshop, before you hit the road!


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