Thursday, July 16, 2009

July 15, 2009

Elephant (2003)
Someone should tell Gus Van Sant that staring at the back of characters' heads as they walk through the school is not effective. Van Sant's filmmaking track record is spotty at best. He made Good Will Hunting, but then a year later thought it was a good idea to remake Psycho. He made this boring movie, but he also made Milk. So I'm really not sure what to think about him. In this one, he spends the first hour and ten minutes of an hour and twenty minute film trying to set up the characters and build tension, but really all he achieves is to lose his audience due to lack of action. Nothing happens! Also, he chooses to score the film with Beethoven's "Fur Elise" and "Moonlight Sonata," both of which are beautiful, calming pieces of music that distract the viewers into a zoned oblivion.
My Netflix rating: 2 stars

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