Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Last Days Movie Review

Gus Van Sant's Last Days (2005) was inspired by the life of Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) and stars Michael Pitt as Blake. He is an extremely gifted musician with the weight of the world on his shoulders. Blake is excellently portrayed by Pitt; his eyes and mannerisms show his despair and the feeling of confinement in his life. The constant tour dates, visitors to his home, friends coming and going, and people asking for money and help have drained Blake. The music he so loves has made his life miserable.

In a trance like state he avoids everyone as he lurks around the house and in the woods. He walks slow and hunched over while incoherently talking to himself. The movie opens with him wondering through the woods where he goes for a swim; I took the water to symbolize hope and freedom, he then urinates in it. After sleeping in the woods by a fire he shuffles back to his seedy mansion. Even with no spoken words thus far, you can sense he is troubled and deeply depressed and alone.

During the movie we learn more reasons for his self isolation. By using extended duration camera shots you can really feel his thoughts and emotions. Scenes of his musical talent are shown that allow us to further glimpse into his life. At times the movie will jump back to replay a scene from a different point of view

7 out of 10 - Rated R - This is not a happy film and it leaves many things to interpretation. It is a good one for fans of Kurt Cobain or anyone that can not understand how a brilliant successful musician can end up in feeling this way. As most people will realize how this ends it is really a story of oneself and the battle within.