Bill C’s Review – 3 out of 5
As followers of this blog know, I like documentaries, and I especially like quirky, funny ones. Three of my favorites in the past few years have been:
- The King of Kong – a great good vs. evil documentary about a guy trying to set the world record in Donkey Kong
- Best Worst Movie – a documentary about the people who made Troll 2
- Winnebago Man – a documentary about the star of the viral video outtakes from the Winnebago sales videos 20 years later.
The Final Member is in the same vein—a documentary about an off-the-wall topic that, due to circumstances, personalities, subject matter, whatever, becomes interesting, funny and compelling. For 40 years, “Siggi” Hjartarson has run the Icelandic Phallological Museum (after his wife made him remove his growing collection from their house).
The collection has all mammal species on display except for the final phallus to make the exhibit complete—that of a human. The first part of the movie goes through the history of the museum and the rest focuses on Siggi’s effort to get the final exhibit for his museum. He ends up with two competing donors. Pall Aronson is a 90+ year old WWII hero in Iceland and, according to legend, is the greatest lover in Iceland history. He has agreed to donate his penis at his death. Tom Mitchell is a 60-year-old Californian who is willing to donate Elmo, his self-named penis, before his death.
Obviously a lot of people will be turned off by the subject matter. But the movie is pretty funny and interesting, but the director does not make fun of the people involved and it’s interesting to get to hear their story. While this is not as good as the three movies above, I still enjoyed it.