I always think who the hell is David Gordon Green? So I decide to start to watch all his works & I'm surprised that his first feature "George Washington" is delicately lyrical & deeply moving poet like Terence Malick's work. Youth in dusk-like daylife with suffocating reality & fantasy like nostalgie, innocence lost by a hatchet of the death, painful words George says "I want to be strongest hero."
This is one of my favorite films of all time. It's like a delicate spider web in the warm evening sun - you can appreciate its beauty, but try to touch it, take it apart, explain it - and it's gone. There are so many things here that you only see with your peripheral vision but never directly. This is how films should be made.
I really did not like this film for the first 30min, as it is undoubtedly rough around the edges. But there's something so raw about the film that I couldn't help but dive into it. Tim Orr did a wonderful job capturing the grit and independence of this community as well. As time extended in the film the more transfixed I became. "Have you ever been Baptized?" "Nah man, I ain't into that kinda stuff!"
It’s an odd thing that a filmmaker who made this piece of beautiful poetry went on to make critically panned misfires such as the Sitter and Your Highness. Going of this though, Green has a powerful, human style that understand childhood and the feelings that are buried in there, with malickian lyricism and beating bare heart. It’s about a great American hero, and the people he wants to save.
An interesting story from the life of young oddball George, showing his clearly congenital heroism. The production is great: well-done camera work, nicely edited colors and above all a great soundtrack that defines most of the unique atmosphere in the film that's composed of realism and mysticism. Notable scenes are the painful bathroom scene and those at the end where George runs around in his hero suit. Good stuff.
A very real story that perhaps feels familiar to too many people across the States. The only thing tangible thing on screen are the dilapidated remnants of dreams - of a future, of a present and even a past. What is lacking is a clearer sense of pace - the film could be edited 20 minutes shorter and it's simple story could be more vivid and captivating - currently it drags a bit too realistically.