Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Paranoid Park

I watched Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park last night. I haven't really come to a conclusion on it. I think it's Van Sant's most complete rendition of his current aesthetic. Elephant and Last Days seem to swerve between verite observation on the one hand and satire and the occasional genre convention on the other. Paranoid Park has far less, maybe zero, of that discord. A t the same time ... I don't know. Maybe it just feels like I've seen this already. And I liked the story more when David Gordon Green called it George Washington.

1 comment:

Alexander Coleman said...

Coincidentally, Chuck Bowen posted a review of Paranoid Park today.

What fortuitous timing!

I agree, this is Van Sant's "culmination" in terms of his current aesthetic.