Never less than gorgeous in its crisp, high-definition b&w, the latest from Koyaanisqatsi’s Godfrey Reggio once again insists that you brown-bag your own meanings (and, it must be said, your own pep pills). Here’s what I got: Visitors sometimes comes off like a postmodern King Kong, as when a beautiful lowland gorilla stares at the lens head-on, almost accusingly. Elsewhere, a building appears handsome, then old. Gulls swarm. Nature seems to be doing its thing.
Unfortunately, the draggy movie is one thing definitively, and that’s exactly like all of Reggio’s other films. His formal devices haven’t changed in 30 years, and the po-faced presentation, once hypnotically strange and cosmic, now feels like an overused gimmick. These head trips rise or fall on Philip Glass’s original scores; this time, the composer seems to be in a somber, troubled mood. Sad gorilla? Maybe so.
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