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.
More tedious than Elephant & Last Days but still quite the feat with all those tracking shots. I assumed it was Steadicam but the BTS film showed that they built miles of dolly track and had a crane which is quite the technical feat. Affleck and Damon are okay. I wish that we got more out of the characters but it aimed for simplicity and succeeded.
There are some truly magnificent moments in this film. Like the rising sun scene with the two limply trotting around in circles like zombies. I fu**ing love that shot. Also, I enjoy the inconsequential conversation about conquering Thebes---I surmise Van Sant included such dialogue to make it feel real, and for the most part it works. But, in the end, I do not care for the characters or for their doomed fates.
The definition of haunting. Wonderful experiment in improvisation and form over story beats and structure. I haven't necessarily wanted to go back there but the experience is cemented in my psyche. Damon and Affleck are tremendous.