Trailer for the docu-series "Gunther's Millions" (Netflix)
This concept is not new, but it always raises questions.
Rich people pass away, and then it turns out they bequeathed their fortune to their pet.
Michael Jackson signed a will in which he directs the provision of two million dollars from the estate to his chimpanzee in mourning.
Oprah Winfrey has five dogs, to whom she pledged to leave 30 million dollars on the day she leaves our world, and there are many other rich, famous and lesser ones, who leave their money to their favorite dog, cat, rooster or ferret.
In the case of Jackson and Oprah, it is only a very small part of the capital, so such an inheritance can be considered a form of curiosity or appreciation for the animal, but the German countess Carlotta Liebenstein followed a completely different line.
In 1992, Carlotta bequeathed no less than 392 million dollars to her German shepherd Gunther III.
Since it is a thoroughbred, photogenic and beautiful dog and since the amount is nine figures, you can guess that Gunther was not exactly the only one in charge of the money.
"Gunther's Millions", a four-episode docu-series that recently appeared on Netflix, presents the plots of the lovable puppy, but it only serves as the entrance door to the world of those responsible for him, chief among them who was appointed as the patron of the original Gunther and his descendants - Maurizio Mian.
Gunther's Millions (Photo: Netflix)
Mian, a tall, mustachioed Italian with the appearance of a mobster hiding under a car dealer's turban, is the person who bought a private jet for Gunther ("Gunther really likes to fly." Ah-ha), bought Madonna's house in Miami Beach in his name, founded a band that specialized in music and especially in orgies and even ended up buying the football team of the city of Pisa.
Of course, everything is in the mitzvah of the dog.
After all, Maurizio had nothing to do with it, he is only the executive authority.
From the very first moments of "Gunther's Millions" the series becomes a mess that ranges from docu about money laundering and questionable transactions to trash series like "Hot, Hot, Boiling!".
This mix is delightful at first, although it exhausts itself after an episode and a half, during which you will surely wonder what's next.
And then, just when you think you're out, they pull you in with some very surprising twists, with the previously mentioned mix including a surprising and unexpected resemblance to "Tiger King."
"Gunther's Millions" may not be the brightest, but it has everything - trash, money and sex.
To the credit of the interviewers, they are not ashamed to rummage through the guts of the interviewees in this segment, asking cringeworthy questions and receiving embarrassing answers.
And to complete the picture, it also includes quite a few disturbed people bordering on psychosis and of course dogs, which are a known viewing magnet.
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Gunther's Millions (Photo: Netflix)
So far, it sounds like another "second screen" series, one that can be watched at the same time as other pursuits, and for extensive episodes it is indeed like that, but surprisingly, despite the feeling of superficiality and shallowness, it has quite a bit of depth.
It highlights the less beautiful sides of the human soul and together with the mania reflected at the beginning, it slowly slides into the realms of depression as well.
This is a less light docu than one might think at the beginning.
The advantage of Gunther's Millions lies in the fact that it appeals to a wide range of fans of the genre, from financial scams to sexual sensations to cute pets.
On paper, this allows the series to gather a larger audience, although it is unclear how many of the viewers survived to the end.
Those who nevertheless have patience will find that this docu is a document that presents much more than Euro-trash pearls.
It is as sad as it is fun, happy and depressing at the same time, and it is full of surprises and twists.
Even if it is framed as cheap, "Gunther's Millions" will provide you with a glimpse into a complex world,