The six-part documentary series looks at "utopian religious community" in 1980s Oregon
Critics have had their say on the new Netflix documentary series Wild Wild Country.
Available on the streaming service now, the six-part series follows a “utopian religious community” of Rajneeshpuram in 1980s Oregon, led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Produced by Mark and Jay Duplass, and directed by Chapman and Maclain Way, Wild Wild Country details a commune in which followers dressed in orange robes lived on a ranch and worked for free. It features interviews with the key figures of the community, which eventually fell apart and Rajneesh was deported from the US.
The series currently has a score of 100 percent on Rotten Tomatoes from a total of 13 reviews. Vulture‘s Jen Chaney wrote the show “will open your eyes to what is a flat-out crazy and fascinating chapter in American history”, adding that “like most good documentarians, the Ways conduct interviews with key figures in this drama without fully passing judgement on any of them and leaving it up to viewers to draw their own conclusions.”
Taylor Antrim of Vogue said: “There’s too much TV at the moment, but what a thrill to come across a subtle and strange discovery like this.” The New York Times‘ Mike Hale added that the filmmakers “haven’t given it much of a shape or perspective”, but said “it is a great story, even if you just turn on the camera and let it roll… They were the reality TV of their time, with guns, sex, a mass poisoning and murder schemes.”
The AV Club‘s Katie Rife describes Wild Wild Country as “part the story of a generational divide, a culture war between smug flower children who heap contempt on their less enlightened neighbours and scowling old folks deeply suspicious of anyone who deviates from their “God, guns, and red meat” lifestyle.
Meanwhile, Quentin Tarantino is set to make a film about another cult leader – Charles Manson. Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, which will be set in LA in 1969, “at the height of hippy Hollywood” and around the time of the Manson family murders.