Wednesday, December 1, 2010
5 out of 5. Harmony Korine broke cinema and put it back together in his own image with GUMMO. From its non-plot story to the fractured narrative as far as I'm concerned this was the most entertaining and fascinating bit of raw cinema. It's not shock or abstraction for abstractions sake. Theirs and underlying weight of truthful and honest humanity that pulls the viewer in to the lives of those living in a small post-tornado Ohio town. It's daring the viewer to identify with the any one of it's subjects and yet one is lucky they are far removed. What's beautiful is that it doesn't feel forced and leans toward documentary every so often. I'm not sure Harmony Korine has been this good since, though I did enjoy Julian Donkey-boy for its deconstructionist footage and assemblage. If you like your home-movies with the creepy feeling of Deliverance, then you will enjoy this.