Yoyo (Yo Yo) Reviews

  • Jul 02, 2017

    Sentimental, but full of great gags and sound effects.

    Sentimental, but full of great gags and sound effects.

  • Mar 17, 2016

    An eccentric millionaire (writer/director Pierre Etaix) runs off to join the circus once the stock market crash of 1929 obliterates his fortune. His son (also Etaix) eventually finds celebrity success as YoYo the Clown and he then devotes much of his energy to restoring the decrepit remains of his parent's abandoned mansion. The plot of YoYo takes a firm backseat to the visual gags and physical humor inspired from silent two-reelers; the opening of YoYo uses title cards and sound effects that are shamelessly lifted from the works of Charlie Chaplin. I wouldn't call YoYo a masterpiece, but I was immediately charmed by Etaix' sharp comedic timing and the creative misdirection he places into his sight gags. I'd say it's worth checking out if one is fond of 1920's comedy or the films of Jacques Tati.

    An eccentric millionaire (writer/director Pierre Etaix) runs off to join the circus once the stock market crash of 1929 obliterates his fortune. His son (also Etaix) eventually finds celebrity success as YoYo the Clown and he then devotes much of his energy to restoring the decrepit remains of his parent's abandoned mansion. The plot of YoYo takes a firm backseat to the visual gags and physical humor inspired from silent two-reelers; the opening of YoYo uses title cards and sound effects that are shamelessly lifted from the works of Charlie Chaplin. I wouldn't call YoYo a masterpiece, but I was immediately charmed by Etaix' sharp comedic timing and the creative misdirection he places into his sight gags. I'd say it's worth checking out if one is fond of 1920's comedy or the films of Jacques Tati.

  • Nov 07, 2014

    One of the funniest movies ever made.

    One of the funniest movies ever made.

  • Nov 24, 2013

    Pierre Etaix's funny homage to Keaton, Chaplin and other great screen clowns.

    Pierre Etaix's funny homage to Keaton, Chaplin and other great screen clowns.

  • Jun 12, 2013

    http://www.clevelandmovieblog.com/2013/06/yo-yo-june-14th-and-15th-at-cleveland.html

    http://www.clevelandmovieblog.com/2013/06/yo-yo-june-14th-and-15th-at-cleveland.html

  • Jun 03, 2013

    I didn't think this film was as good as Etaix's debut. In this one, he plays a millionaire who loses everything and joins the circus with a past lover and his son. The narrative then skips forward to the son, and his rise to fame. There is a great gag scene where Pierre must deal with pitches from various weirdos, but ultimately this film is more about identity rather than comedic relief. Its change of tone may not be for all viewers.

    I didn't think this film was as good as Etaix's debut. In this one, he plays a millionaire who loses everything and joins the circus with a past lover and his son. The narrative then skips forward to the son, and his rise to fame. There is a great gag scene where Pierre must deal with pitches from various weirdos, but ultimately this film is more about identity rather than comedic relief. Its change of tone may not be for all viewers.

  • Apr 25, 2013

    The story if a billionaire loosing it all in the great depression and then joining the circus...(as you do...) Pierre Tiax was a solid actor & director & this is an interesting film. It follows his circus career then his son's journey to keep the circus alive despite the invention of television. He was a unique filmmaker & only recently his films where allowed to be released on DVD...a quirky interesting film.

    The story if a billionaire loosing it all in the great depression and then joining the circus...(as you do...) Pierre Tiax was a solid actor & director & this is an interesting film. It follows his circus career then his son's journey to keep the circus alive despite the invention of television. He was a unique filmmaker & only recently his films where allowed to be released on DVD...a quirky interesting film.

  • Apr 18, 2013

    a sad millionare joins the circus reminds of the fellini pic starring his wife and anthony quinn cant think of the name of it.(La Strada)

    a sad millionare joins the circus reminds of the fellini pic starring his wife and anthony quinn cant think of the name of it.(La Strada)

  • Stella D Super Reviewer
    Apr 11, 2013

    a sad millionaire runs away to join the circus. charming and adorable

    a sad millionaire runs away to join the circus. charming and adorable

  • Feb 21, 2013

    The unyielding inventive cleverness of this movie is staggering. Pierre Etaix is like Chaplin, Tati, Bunuel, and Cocteau rolled into one.

    The unyielding inventive cleverness of this movie is staggering. Pierre Etaix is like Chaplin, Tati, Bunuel, and Cocteau rolled into one.