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Previous Entry Discussion: Elephant May. 27th, 2004 @ 10:58 am
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Date:May 27th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC)
More-or-less I agree; definitely it does not try to question or answer anything, merely portray events, much like I hear Gerry was supposed to, that there was no deeper meaning within; it was indeed beautiful; I really enjoyed it. My sole issue with it was van Sant's inclusion of video games played by the killers prior to the incident; perhaps I'm too knee-jerk on it but it almost seems like he's conceding the point that video games inspired Columbine (which, despite the doubtlessly necessary and humorous credits disclaimer, this was clearly a fictionalization of), particularly when, in one of the brief scenes as they discuss their plan over the map, we see from a very similar first-person-shooter perspective with the gun at the bottom of the frame and the camera turning with it.

Outside of what seemed to be a total cop-out on van Sant's part there, I definitely have no issues with this film; it's beautiful, and slow, but incredibly tense; it masterfully captures and portrays high-school life; it's just a great work.
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