Friday, August 8, 2014

Mood Indigo

There are no more charming and likeable actors in French cinema than Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, and Gad Elmaleh.  So I would bet the farm that I'd adore this latest film written and directed by Michel Gondry.  The problem is, it's written and directed by Michel Gondry.  And he's one of the most overrated art film directors in film history.  Gondry often gets credited for 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind', but he only directed that film and it is Charlie Kaufman's brilliant writing that made it a brilliant film.  Gondry's greatest credit is that he didn't ruin it.  Unfortunately, 'Mood Indigo' didn't have Kaufman's involvement.  It's pure Gondry.  And that means it's way too artsy and way too quirky.  The right amount of art and quirk is a great thing.  Too much is just tedious.  And this film gets way too tedious way too fast.  Disappointing.

Grade: C

Who is this movie for?   Fans of Tautou, Duris, and Elmaleh should probably still see it.  (I wouldn't listen to a film critic who told me not to.)  Just don't say I didn't warn you.

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