‘Gully’ Review: Like ‘Boyz n the Hood’ as an Indie Art Film
There’s a certain kind of music-video director who will seize on the prospect of doing a movie as an opportunity to make a splash.
It’s not hard to see why.
In-demand video directors work with the hottest talent in the business, and their videos tend to be celebrated as four-minute bursts of genius.
“Gully” is the first dramatic feature directed by Nabil Elderkin, the Australian-American director — usually credited simply as “Nabil” — who has made videos for Kanye West, Dua Lipa, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Diddy, Shrillex, and Antony and the Johnsons.
You can glimpse his talent in “Gully” — not because it’s a film of showoff imagery (it’s actually got a rather unvarnished low-budget aesthetic), but because the movie looks, for a while, like it’s trying to be “Boyz n the Hood” meets “A Clockwork Orange,
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