HERE DVD Review
Here is a film by filmmaker Braden King, better known for his documentary abilities, is about an American cartographer (map maker), Will Shepard (Ben Foster) who is contracted to go to Armenia to to some extensive research in building a new map of the country. He meets an Armenian ex-patriot woman, Gadarine (Lubna Azabal) in a cafe one morning and they click almost immediately. Will is impressed with her photography skills and her story of what made her come back to Armenia. The two lonesome travelers decide to continue their journey’s in Armenia together on an epic road trip. Will and Gadarine travel to far away parts of the country showing beautiful landscapes along the way. One experiences the trip as a series of numbers and the other through a camera lens. Eventually, they began to see their journey through each others eyes. At the end of their trip, they must decide where to go from here.
Earlier this week I teased this review with an exclusive clip from the film Here which you see read here. Now, you can read my full review of the fantastic film below.
Here has two great actors both with quite the resumes. The main reason I was drawn to this film was due to my liking of Ben Foster. I liked him when I was younger and so was he when he was on Freaks and Geeks for a couple of episodes and then he was in a teen movie called Get Over It which also starred Kirsten Dunst and Sisqo if that tells you anything. That movie came out in 2001 when I was still in middle school so that type of movie was right up my alley. I am glad I watched that movie then because it helped introduce to me some actors that I am still a fan of today such as the aforementioned Ben Foster, Kirsten Dunst, Mila Kunis, Colin Hanks, Zoe Saldana, Ed Begley Jr., and Martin Short. Seems like a decent cast right? Well, it’s safe to assume that Get Over It probably doesn’t hold up in today’s film world but thanks to that film, I’ve always like Ben Foster hence why I was happy to screen the film Here.
Here is an absolute beautiful film. Shot entirely in the country Armenia, it showcases the country’s vast landscapes. Before this film, I always thought of Armenia as just another Eastern European run down country which it still kind of is but those views of the countryside are astonishing, just absolutely gorgeous! The film itself is a very slow moving love story on a road trip. It’s just at two hours in length and has hardly any music score to it and there are subtitles to read. If you don’t like any of those things, then you will not like the film. However, I would suggest you still give it a viewing even if you have it muted just to see the surroundings of the story. I did enjoy the film but I can handle watching a slow moving story such as this.
Overall, Here is the perfect combination of love story meets a road trip. If you can look past the slow moving story line, than I highly recommend checking out this wonderful film!