Pierrot le Fou (Pierrot Goes Wild) (Crazy Pete) Reviews
Belmondo and Karina are brilliant as a couple that love and need each other, but are too cool to mean it. They are on the run from arms dealers, but the setting and their misadventures are as flighty as the occasional musical numbers and the villains pursuing them (including a rather menacing midget). Throw in some haphazard philosophical references and you have a film that intellectuals, hippies, couples, etc. can all enjoy.
- My name is Ferdinand
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.