Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) Reviews
September 29, 2012
Words cannot express how bad the worst scenes are (ie. the majority). The French New Wave more often than not featured what I consider to be faux-depth. The kind of philosophizing that might come from a veteran stripper.
There is one thing that makes this film watchable. It is the charm of Anna Karina. She's mesmerizing in every scene. Despite her playing a terrible character, you want to watch what happens to her. Belmondo is alright, but she steals the show. If not for her, the film isn't watchable. I dare say, some of the romance is ever sweet, at times.
Seems like a precursor to Bonnie & Clyde -- an almost equally bad movie. An attempt to make awful people sympathetic. It never works with me.
Beautifully shot. It has some moments of amusement & spirit. I enjoyed some of the songs ('Ma ligne de chance' is adorable), mainly due to Karina's legitimate appeal -- but the film is painfully self-indulgent. Standard Godard. Probably the most self-serious movie I've seen. Legitimate philosophical quandaries are planted, but never explored. Rather, only to seemingly impress viewers with the mere act of reference, are they even mentioned. Abstract film, ultimately, loses appeal; despite the obligatory art house fawning.
The experimentation & quasi-existentialism age quickly. The single most irritating part of it all is the rapid dual interrupting narration, which couldn't possibly be less interesting. The telling of meaningless stories to one another, & taking them deadly seriously, constantly acting on stupid whims...... enough.
The fake Vietnam War play is among the single stupidest movie scenes I have ever witnessed since my birth. It was so mind-numbingly idiotic, that a half-star deduction was justifiably enforced.
September 16, 2014
One of my favorite films. It seems to grow richer with each viewing. This is cinema pushed, pulled, contorted and manipulated into something that defies genre. Is it about love? Is it about the differences between men and women? Is it political satire? Is it cultural or societal commentary? It is a painfully personal view of heartbreak? Is it a musical? Is it a comedy? Is it a tragedy? ...Any of the above and / or more. This is cinematic magic.
August 25, 2014
weird movie about life and people i guess (i'm sure there are messages i didn't get). had some cute and surprisingly intense/violent scenes though
August 22, 2014
Godard shows the audience that sky is the limit to his wildness.
August 8, 2014
Another fourth-wall breaking crime film that is punctuated with clever bits of silliness (driving the car into the water for fun, putting on the "Vietnam War" skit for the sailor, and being unphased by the random dead bodies in various scenes). It's pretty, but I liked some of the other Godard / Karina collabs better.
January 30, 2014
France. Godard. 1960s.
January 22, 2014
Godard's use of colour makes this film not just centered around the plot, but also the cryptic symbolism that is displayed in his use of colour, adding an aesthetic focus throughout the movie that is well executed and artistically sublime.
October 3, 2009
wasn't particularly impressed. too arty and lacks coherence. i did like the illustration of the relationship; too often philosophy and words are artificially opposed with impulse and sensual experience, but man did i personally enjoy the recognition of that.
a second viewing had me liking it more, apparently. the music in this movie is fantastic, and I enjoyed the ironic advertising and political commentary.
December 19, 2013
(Review Soon) Godard and Coutard at their collaborate peak.
October 11, 2013
Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too Frenchy-artsy. Basically the definition of Frenchy-artsy. You can definitely see how Pierrot le Fou has rubbed off on filmmakers ever since - I see a ton of Tarantino and Wes Anderson in here. But it's not even really a movie. It is often extremely funny.
September 28, 2013
It's dragging narrative may not suit some, hell most of the audience, but if you can give the film a chance and play along with Godard's unique view of the human spirit you will be taken on a whimsical, enchanting and surreal poetic journey on the truths and hardships of love. Anna Karina yet again will blow you away with her childishly-adult behavior as the free spirited Marianne Ronior and Jean-Paul Belmondo expertly plays off of her as the cynical yet charming Ferdinand Griffon. Godard certainly proves he's one of the best around by creating a film simply for his own joy and still manages to include the audience and have them feel for the characters even if it is a highly unconventional romance film. Breathtakingly original and yet we can see every film that has influenced Godard's Pierrot le Fou. He's not afraid to to respect the classics and in turn he himself has created a classic that has made a profound impact on the world of film.
September 9, 2013
Pretentious piece of dog shit
July 15, 2013
Some of these French New Wave films are just silliness masquerading as genius. Pierrot le fou is a case in point and amid all the plot twists and pretensions there isn't much of a story. Yes it's experimental, but sometimes experiments don't pay off.
June 1, 2013
A brightly-colored crime thriller and comedy from French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard, Pierrot le Fou is unusual but charming in its oddness and visual extravagance. It follows Ferdinand and Marianne (Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina respectively), two lovers on the run after committing a number of crimes, including murder. The story is one of the less important aspects of the movie though because more often than not it seems almost plotless. There are frequently scenes that are irrelevant to the story, including a couple of scenes that just involve a character reading a passage from a book while looking at the camera. Like many Godard movies, Pierrot le Fou is very self-aware and breaks the fourth wall often. Aside from Belmondo reading a book to the camera, there is also a memorable moment when he is talking to Karina and says something that seems like a non sequitur. When Karina asks what he means, he tells her he was talking to the audience and then he turns back and glances at the camera for a moment. It's moments like this that make Pierrot le Fou so fun to watch, along with the gorgeous color scheme. Not all of Godard's movies were in color, but the ones that were look absolutely beautiful. Pierrot le Fou's use of red and blue especially make it look astounding. It's clear that Godard's use of color had an influence on many contemporary filmmakers, especially Wes Anderson whose use of color was without a doubt inspired by Godard. Unfortunately the movie's pacing slows down more than once because of the frequent detours from the story, but it's generally still engaging enough thanks to the two fantastic lead actors (Anna Karina is breathtakingly beautiful) and the unique visuals. It's a little messy and more than a little flawed, but Pierrot le Fou is nonetheless compelling thanks to its colorful visuals, great actors, and self-aware sense of humor. It's sure to turn off many people with its sometimes chaotic storytelling methods, but for those with the patience to watch it all the way through, Pierrot le Fou is a one-of-a-kind movie with a lot to offer.
June 7, 2013
Capturing the essence of freedom that we associate with young love while also investigating the tragedy that comes with it. Our characters explore affection for one another through a romantic journey in europe that sensationalizes absurdity as an art form. This is not to say that the film is bad. By no means is it a poor film. pierrot le fou is rich in beautiful images and spoken words. It is poetic and can make you remember the greater things in life. The darker subjects in this film are toned down and become strangely invisible. There is little melancholy in this film even when the narrative seems to ask for it. The color of this film is hand picked and the sets scream for attention. There is a bit of cynicism to the film as it touches on the efforts of organized society with its commentary on the present day (1965) efforts such as J F Kennedy's efforts to land on the moon and the war against communism. Jokes are made and stories are told and songs are sung. Pierrot le Fou is a good film for lovers.
April 1, 2013
More than anything I think I enjoyed the banter between the two leads, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, who is just lovely.
One of the last Godard films that had a fairly simple through-line, this arrived just on the verge of his challenging films of the latter part of his career, very few of which appeal to me all that much.
Worth a rental.
March 22, 2013
Surreal and erotic, with plenty of clever experimental touches, 'Pierrot le Fou' tells the colourful story of two people whose impulse decision to run away together lands them in hot water.
March 10, 2013
Vom Spießer zum Killer in einem Augenblick, könnte die Tagline für Jean-Luc Godards "Pierrot le Fou" lauten.
Als Persönlichkeit und Intellektueller ist Godard, wie auch seine Nouvelle Vague-Kollegen, faszinierend. Er ist ein Universalgenie und Theoretiker (für letztere hab ich immer einen Platz in meinem Herzen übrig), seine Werke sind stark von seiner politischen Couleur gefärbt, doch selbst mehr als nur Politkunst. Sie behandeln nämlich nicht bloß die Missstände im Kapitalismus, sondern auch die Auswüchse der Anglo-Amerikanischen Popkultur, die Kunst an sich und eine Bandbreite an philosophischen Themen.
Nichtsdestotrotz, ist Godard als Filmemacher niemand, auf dessen Filme ich groß erpicht wäre. Dies hat v.a. mit seinem Filmstil zu tun, weniger mit seinen Themen, sondern wirklich mit technischen Details.
Godard versucht Inkohärenz in der Kunst durch Inkohärenz aufzudecken und zu bekämpfen, was dazu führt, dass Pierrot le Fou" einer der zerfahrensten Filme ist den ich je gesehen habe.
Die Narrative springt von Plotpoint zu Plotpoint und weist etliche Lücken in ihrer Erzählstruktur auf. Wenige Motive werden aufgedeckt und wenige Charaktere tatsächlich weiterentwickelt.
Die geradezu essayistischen Dialoge sind zwar hochphilosophisch aber dienen selten dazu das Gesehene zu erklären oder zu kommentieren. Fast wie bei einem Essayfilm, laufen Bild und Ton aneinander vorbei.
Ich muss jedoch anerkenne, wie unterhaltsam Godard seine nicht gerade subtile Kritik an Kapitalismus, Werbung und Amerikanischer Popkultur in seinen Film einbaut, indem er massenhaft Popkulturreferenzen und Werbebotschaften einstreut. Auch die Farbpalette des Films zählt zu den wenigen positiven Punkten die ich finden konnte.
Alles in allem, ist der Film v.a. eines - langweilig. Nicht, dass nicht genug passieren würde, immerhin pflastern Leichen und surreale Momente Ferdinands Weg, sondern, dass durch die gestörte Erzählweise, meine Aufmerksamkeit nicht erkämpft werden kann, und ich das Dahinplätschern von willkürlichen Szenen als Test für meine Konzentration empfand.
Der Stoff, hätte einiges mehr an Möglichkeiten geboten einen ansehnlichen Film zu machen, dass das wohl nicht Godards Intention war, ist mir zwar bewusst, ändert aber nichts an meiner grundlegenden Sichtweise.
March 10, 2013
Warrant multiple viewing with many level in the story and caracter construction, rich in allegory but also, and foremost, visually ellegiac. This movie is like a crazy rock n roll song and even though it looks quiet,its quite a loud scream.
March 6, 2013
The only Godard movie that i genuinely liked.