Monday, September 26, 2011

The Cinematheque Reviews: Gus Van Sant's Restless

Yeah, everything you have heard so far is true - Gus Van Sant's new film (a studio assignment for sure) is a cloying, twee teen romance/tragedy that overshadows what are essentially a pair of rather good performances by Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper (yes, the son of Dennis).  The film certainly has its moments, mainly due to these two young actors, and it is quite visually stunning (DP Harris Savides does it again), but yeah, it is quite annoyingly cute, and frustrating and Wes Anderson wannabe-like (or for that matter, Hal Ashby) and is basically a couple of pretty kids sitting around looking and acting pretty (and appropriately quirky), even when one of them is dying - oh so prettily.  To bad really, because these pretty kids are pretty fun to watch - even in amongst the drivel that Van Sant shovels at us.  My review of the film (and I think you can tell which way it's going to go) is now up and running over at The Cinematheque.

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