Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life Reviews
Cutting out the imagery and some of the more unnecessary scenes would have created a tight, fast-paced, and much more interesting movie. The ending was rather abrupt and unsatisfying too.
Great performance by Eric Elmosnino in the lead role. Like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean, I think he modeled his performance on Keith Richards' mannerisms. Good support from a cast which includes Laetitia Casta (as Brigette Bardot) and Lucy Gordon.
...Gainsbourg: A Life....... would have done. If the conclusion is that his life was 'heroic'...let it occur to the audience itself. They may conclude 'poetic' or 'sensuelle'. I dont need to feel Gainsbourg to have been heroic to keep affection for him, his story...or his disoluteness
As a whole the movie is extremely unfocused and difficult to make heads or tails out of. It doesn‚(TM)t emerge as a traditional biography, nor does it attain the general attributes of what might be considered a story. Nevertheless ‚Gainsbourg‚? is easy and pleasant to watch and it carries intense impressions and speculation on what it might have been like to experience the world the way Gainsbourg did.
From what I know (granted not much), the actors got the style of their real life characters correctly, and each character felt rich and realistic, not an easy act to commit in such a film, so hats off to the actors themselves. The plot streamlines a lot of Gainsbourg‚(TM)s life but does it in a believable and workable way. The style of the film is almost dream-esque at times, but works really well, and despite it not being my type of film, I‚(TM)d actually watch it again, which is a big compliment.