Enjoyably simplistic with a small cast of characters, and a quick watch at less than an hour, VERNON, FLORIDA is about as pure of a documentary as you can get. A good palate cleanser if you’re feeling fatigued from the over-stylized, over-narrated, more-of-a-straight-up-movie-than-documentary type documentaries that only seem to exist now.
She idolized Steve Jobs, we get it! Super repetitive and anticlimactic doc; everything you need to know is laid out in the first 15 minutes—after that it’s just wheel-spinning. Three stars for Errol Morris’s behind the scenes footage of the absolutely batshit Elizabeth Holmes, who is such an off-putting, repellent figure, I’m gobsmacked that she got as far as she did.
Fun for most of its run time, and even GREAT at points, US still has trouble balancing its huge sociopolitical message with a coherent horror plot line; in order to make a lot of the heavy metaphors work alongside the horrific happenings, some basic logic is sacrificed. This isn't to say it's not a competent and well-made film--it is both of those things. But, even with a few points of exposition to help guide the viewer as to what's going…
Awesome. Repetitive. Beautifully-lensed. Drawn out. Great lighting. Pointless. Fun! Meh *shrugs*.
From any other director, this would feel like a massive accomplishment. From Korine, it feels like a betrayal. This is Weezer's "Green Album". Metallica's "Black Album". Straying from the color theme (or, in a way, sticking to it), it's Green Day's "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)".
It just doesn't feel personal. Moreover, it's just not that WEIRD. It's not clever or strange or charming or idiosyncratic or arty.…