Worth Watching - Jan 9: Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park Trailer
I'm going to be purely honest right off the bat - I did not like Paranoid Park at all. I caught it up at the Toronto Film Festival last year and thought that indie filmmaker Gus Van Sant might pull off a great drama focused around a young teen. Alas, that's not what it turned out to be. The story is simple: a fourteen-year-old skateboarder accidentally causes a security guard to be killed and must hide his shame and evade the police. It's a much more mellow character drama but really has no subsistence. Either way, I thought it'd be worthwhile to run the trailer anyway.
My problem with the film lies partially in the fact that I thought Gabe Nevins, who plays the main character Alex, was not a good young actor, and his voice-overs were even worse. On top of that, there really was "nothing" to the story. Sure it was emotional and got the heart racing regarding how morally intriguing it was, but it was such an empty film. If this trailer catches your interest, however, I'd suggest you check it out.
Watch the trailer for Paranoid Park:
Paranoid Park was both written and directed by Gus Van Sant, of Good Will Hunting, Finding Forrester, and Elephant. The film is currently set to arrive in theaters on March 7th. The poster for Paranoid Park is featured below.