There may be other movies that are pointless but Gerry is the film that remains stuck in my head close to a year after I saw it. Gus Van Sant takes you to Death Valley for the first blow from his “Death Trilogy”, and the landscapes are fascinating to keep looking at for some time. And time is what Gus Van Sant takes to tell the real life story of two best friends who go hiking without food and water and get lost. No amount of retracing their steps gets them anywhere, and the two, both called Gerry, tired and dehydrated, start getting increasingly irritated with each other. Matt Damon and Casey Affleck play the two Gerrys, and they’ve also written the screenplay (along with GVS, I think).
The two things you need to watch Gerry are patience and the desire to watch something truly unique – a story that doesn’t have a point to make, threatens to bore the hell out of you, and yet keeps you hooked till the end with the curiosity to know the outcome. The two Gerrys walk, talk and then walk some more. The dialogue is minimal… general talk, often humorous, but more importantly, they keep walking. Gerry will make you curse Gus Van Sant and pull your hair out in frustration but it will also make you admire the guy for making you do all that and wait till the end to know what the end is. The final walk was so engrossing that I absent-mindedly rolled a joint with something that wasn’t rolling paper and can’t be smoked. Sorry about that, Demonos.