2019 / 81m - USA
Fantastic Fungi poster


August 13, 2021


I'm vaguely aware of the wonderful world of fungi and mushrooms, but never really took the time to explore it. When this doc crossed my path it sounded like a great place to start. A short warning at the start of the doc made me a little suspicious though. Why was there a health warning at the start of a fungi documentary?

Half an hour in, it became clear this wasn't really a documentary about fungi. Sure enough, they form the basis of the content, but the makers seem way more interested in their medicinal (and other) powers. After a short introduction (which was quite interesting), it quickly devolves into some wishy-washy pro-hallucinogens bullshit.

Ecstatic accounts of flaky subjects, ethereal background music and broad statements seem to underline the need for the health warning at the start. Ultimately, this was a very disappointing film. Apart from some pretty photography, there's really nothing of interest here. Guess I'll have to commit and watch The Creeping Garden now.