Movies From the Hat VI #17 – Markus’ Pick – Paranoid Park (2015)


This is my 3454th Review

Thanks to Markus of The Marko Guy for this recommendation.

Here are his thoughts on the film.

“I just feel like there’s something outside of normal life. Outside of teachers, breakups, girlfriends. Like, right out there, like outside – there’s like different levels of… stuff. ” – Alex

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Oct 2017)

Brief Synopsis – After an unfortunate accident in a local park, a young boy tries to come to terms with what happened.

My Take on it – For me, movies by Gus Van Sant are either hit or miss.

Some are quite powerful in their message and others just belabor a certain point for too long.

This film fits into that latter category.

I was quite bored from start to finish due to the way that they draw out the story too much and instead of telling it in an interesting fashion it feels as if it rehashes the same point over and over without seeking new ground.

The non-linear way that the story is told also doesn’t work well.

Personally, I’m a big fan of non-linear storylines a la Pulp Fiction (1994), but this one just isn’t done well enough.

The use of non-professional actors here is more detrimental to the storyline than it should be and instead of giving us a really interesting story about “real” people, it just gives us an extremely trite and boring one.

Bottom Line – Extremely boring film that takes too long to get to it’s point.  The non-linear way tat the story is told seems like it was being used to extend the agony, not to tell us a better story.  The use of non-professional actors here is actually a detriment to the story instead of helping it along.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Gus Van Sant makes an appearance in the coffee shop scene, reading a newspaper. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy

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