Documentary Review: ‘The Bug: Life And Times Of The People’s Car’

Review by Cade

The Bug: Life and Times of the People’s Car is a documentary about what could possibly be America’s favorite and most recognizable car: the Volkswagen Beetle. The movie begins with a purchase of one of these Bugs, with the buyer intending to restore it. By the end of its 80 minute runtime, viewers witness this power of restoration on a beautiful car. In between those 80 minutes, we jump around quite a bit by learning about the history and makers of the car, and just why it’s so appealing to most Americans.

Personally, I received a large amount of nostalgia after the movie’s segment about the Bug’s role in cinema, particularly in Herbie: Fully Loaded, the classic feel-good story about a Volkswagen Beetle that comes to life. The movie did an excellent job not being too technical yet still being informative, an admirable feat, especially when it comes to automobiles. Though the main plot would have to be the progress of the restoring a Beetle, we’re not only limited to the technicalities of the restoration, which is definitely a nice aspect of it. Something else I found engaging was the short part about the scandal that occurred in the company a little over a year after The Bug is released. I found the contemporary nod to an older vehicle very riveting!

If you’ve ever owned a Volkswagen Beetle, then I can definitely recommend The Bug: Life and Times of the People’s Car. Younger millennials might be put off by its apparent oldness, but this informative and fun feature shouldn’t be missed.

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