‘Gunther’s Millions’ review: Netflix docuseries about ‘the world’s richest dog’ feels like a ‘Tiger King’ wannabe


After the Netflix hoopla was released with “Tiger King,” his latest documentary is about another four-legged creature. Like that idea before, “Gunther’s Millions” is about other people who are represented, but its reality shows that it can be taken in the fake media by a very-good- a-fact-checking) story – in this case, a German shepherd with a $400 million trust fund.

Distributed in four parts, the story is about a dog that lives in a beautiful Florida estate that was once owned by Madonna, equipped with her staff of 27 regular employees. For money, it’s about a German countess who loves dogs and because she doesn’t have a living family, she chooses to leave him (and her grandchildren Roman count-new) in the lap of wealth .

It’s clear, however, that Gunther’s owner, Italian pharmaceutical heir Maurizio Mian, has his feet all over Gunther’s history (or tail), even through the years of acquisitions. wealth around the dog with a group of five features. , known as the Burgundians, actually appear like Ken the man and Barbie dolls. What almost seems like a joke (“Stay classy, ​​Miami”) is a better version of it, showing Mian’s good sense of physical perfection and enthusiasm for performance. conducting social experiments on the complex nature of happiness.

Before it ends, the story – directed by Aurelien Leturgie – will reveal more about the truth behind Gunther’s millions and the unanswered questions about when, where and how he was. property.

Before that, there are parts of this story that don’t seem to have passed the smell test, and you won’t see them by looking at the news footage sprinkled throughout the documentaries – the mostly from local TV channels – fall for the hook, line and The best dog in the world.

The low-key nature of the show suggests that the filmmakers are positioning this as a docu-comedy, until the few moments when Mian or one of Gunther’s “employees” react to a question or, sometimes, ask the filmmakers to end the. cameras.

Finally, there is a dark side to “Gunther’s Millions” that serves at least as much as the accusations that those who gave Mian and the others a lot of media attention with without pausing to consider the red flags back and forth during the two chapters.

In this sense, getting the “weird” label can be half the battle, and “Gunther’s Millions” certainly deserves it. However, the documentary actually works on many levels, and while its canine star (now Gunther VI, though not) is a good boy, the hype surrounding him is a testament to the media can reach dogs in more ways than one.

“Gunther’s Millions” premieres February 1 on Netflix.


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