★★★★ / 35mm / Van Sant’s brilliant, slowly paced film, follows the harrowing dilemma of two naive young men wandering lost in the desert. Van Sant cleverly juxtaposes the unremarkable nature of the two men with their playful banter, nonchalant attitude with the grim reality of their situation. Savides’ seamless cinematography captures the haunting beauty and vastness of the desert as it slowly devours the young men.
2.5 Affleck and damon's long sequence of walking towards nowhere, (almost) as if they are walking on thin ice, is the perfect resumé of the entire film. overall it seems there's nothing wrong with it, but also nothing really happens (nothing breaks or changes) - it feels much longer than it really is, and I can't decide if that's a flaw or an advantage. -> great soundtrack, it's a shame it isn't longer.
The dullest film I have ever seen! I don't care how visually pretty it is, I don't care that the two leads are in mortal danger because they have no personality. There's nothing interesting about the direction, and I don't care that that's the point, if anything that makes it worse. I like plenty of slow movies, one of my favorite directors is Jim Jarmusch and his films are all about leisure.
When despair reigns, the silver lining is that melancholy and art make the best of friends. There is so much beauty in this cinematic articulation, even in the unsympathetic ambiguities and that questionable denouement. One of the finest evocations of the wilderness, figuratively and literally. Poetic minimalist cinema that lingers in the mind well after viewing beyond all rational reason.
Such a masterpiece of cinematography and scene composition. The narrative is mostly told with the landscape. This is a film in which every single shot just fills the screen, and the characters put life and expression into it. With a strong and classic cumplicity with photography and at times some influence from comics. Masterful use of sound and music, that fills the voids with the same character as the motion does.
Two roads diverged in a desert, and they— They took the one less traveled by, And that made all the difference. GERRY is a movie that may try one's patience, but offers rewards of beautifully filmed scenery, audacious long takes, and a coaxing invitation to examine companionship, responsibility, recrimination, regret, and endurance.