Formally, Gunn's picture resembles some of the other more left-field films of the era; there's a dash of Easy Rider (1969) and the work of Nicolas Roeg in Gunn's use of zoom lenses and methods of scene transition. All of the visual abstraction is underlined by harsh, abrasive sound design. Jones and Clark have an easy, comfortable chemistry that enlivens the movie considerably and goes a long way to making the film more accesible for an audience. The formal quirks are interesting to discuss but make it difficult to engage with - uneven, and rough around the edges as it is. However, given the material and the angles that Gunn seems to be working, it is entirely possible that the film's lack of cohesion is a deliberate representation of the conflicts and contradictions held within its title characters. Akin to the bonelike dagger that triggers the infection, Ganja & Hess is a disturbing relic that is as confounding as it is effective.
David Sugarman | @ShugZ