This experimental giallo is a Rosetta Stone of formal flourishes - suffused colours, inky shadows, extreme close-ups, creaking leather, step-printing, POV, slashing straight-razors, ominous music, traumatized men. While some may find its narrative inaccessible, its presentation manages to be faithful, modern, and original all at the same time. A cinematic feast.
Gus Van Sant is certainly capable of making some unsuccessful films, but he is too talented and intelligent a director to have simply believed that a (mostly) shot-for-shot remake of Psycho would have been an unproblematic exercise. Criticizing Van Sant for doing so seems like the same type of laziness that the film's detractors assume of Van Sant. The remake deserves a significant reappraisal that considers the relationship between the two films rather than a zero-sum competition that prizes the…