Tim,'s Review of Three Colors: Blue (Trois Couleurs: Bleu)
Five minutes into Blue:
Nancy: What is this about again?
Tim: It's European.
Nancy: Yeah, but what is it about?
Tim: It's EUROPEAN.
Nancy & Tim (simultaneously): Wow!
The funny thing is that Nancy doesn't actually care much about the plot either, even though she ALWAYS asks what the movie is about before we see it. If it is good, she'll usually like it. I tend to be a lot more interested in the way the movie is put together, rather than what actually happens. I've had friends that were almost completely plot driven, and they would have hated Three Colors.
But I thought these three were awesome. It was great to see them back to back to back, so that you could follow the themes closely throughout. I thought that the movies got better - Red is my favorite followed by White then Blue. The three movies are slow, and not a whole lot happens. But geez, they are well put together. Three different cinematographers, and all three are beautifully shot. And Kieslowski was a terrific director. The shots are nice, and he got really good performances from the actors as well. The movies deal with his usual themes - the role of chance in people's lives, and questions about what would happen with a second chance (which is really pretty closely related to the first issue).
If you like slower, more absorbing movies, and you haven't seen these, they are well worth a look. Or two or three.
Two other interesting things about these movies - first, the use of color is at least as impressive as it is in Hero - a little more subtle, but definitely striking (especially in Blue). Second, this movie also has the losing-the-luggage-with-a-person-in-it gag that they use in Ocean's Twelve. I wonder if it is a direct steal, or a Tarantino-esque 'reference', or just different people coming up with the same idea?