Essential plot rundown: An opera enthusiast goes through great lengths to accomplish his dream of bringing an opera house to a small town. I just watched the documentary about this, so I had to watch this too.
This movie is just shy over 2 and 1/2 hours. And considering its topic and production date, I was expecting it to be really boring. But to my surprise, it wasn't that boring. Yes, it is really slow paced; an hour passes before the boat even sets sail. It does feel its 2 1/2 hours, but it was interesting enough; it walked a fine line.
But, I really liked the message the most. Fitzcarraldo is a dreamer. And will stop at nothing to accomplish his dream, even carrying a steamboat over a mountain, if he has to. At one point, he says (or was it his wife? I can't remember): "
It is long and slow paced, so I wouldn't recommend it if you have a short attention span. I would probably not watch it again, myself; once was enough.
But that's just my opinion...