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It's No "Gates of Heaven"
on December 11, 2009
I've always enjoyed Errol Morris' films. I really wanted to see "Vernon, Florida" when I saw that many reviewers compared it to "Gates of Heaven." Unfortunately, this film was a major letdown.
The biggest problem with this film is that it is nothing more than a group of loosely-connected vignettes. Morris interviews people from Vernon. We've all known people who love to talk but who are not interesting. Watching this movie feels like being stuck in a car with one of those people. In this film, Morris seems to have had no intention of a telling a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end.
To be fair, there are some funny moments in this film. However, after watching, I feel bad about having laughed. I must agree with the viewer from Nashville who said that in "Vernon" an elitist filmmaker encourages the viewer to look down upon his subjects. We see little indication that these people might have any redeeming insights into life and its challenges. While I didn't really want to hear these people pontificate, I did not want to make fun of them, either.
Morris is a talented filmmaker, but "Vernon, Florida" disappointed me.