I’m actually surprised that so many people hate this film. If I tried really hard I could pick apart some of the acting, but for the most part it was very realistic and didn’t call attention to itself. For me this film just plain works. There’s not one aspect that blew me away, but rather the way the cinematography, editing, music, and yes, even acting came together created a very effective and immersing experience.
We can always count on Ehrenstein for insight into ass-fucking.
I’m kind of in agreement with Gabe. This film didn’t blow me away, but there was a lot of talent behind it.
ha ha some funny comments on this thread from months ago . . . I just saw this film so I’m bumping it.
Sometimes subtlety can be used as the most effective sledgehammer. Well, this film is no sledgehammer but it comes pretty close. I thought the film worked and I enjoyed it far more than I thought I would. Bad acting? I’m not so sure. Have you ever listened to a teenager try to be serious? It’s all nervous speech and fumbling over simple thoughts and blurting out what you think others want to hear. I haven’t seen a lot of Van Sant’s work but I was impressed.
I thought the scene where he breaks up with his girlfriend (where we can’t hear what she is saying but we know damn well what she is saying) was brilliant. Does any one know if this was influenced by other scenes in film? I’m sure that other directors have done it but I thought that that scene was very well done.
I should have said, have you ever heard SOME teenagers try to be serious? I thought that I would correct that before I incur the wrath of Drew. But, it can be an awkward time in one’s life and I thought that Van Sant portrayed that quite accurately.
I forgot the majority of the movie…guess that says my thoughts on it.