252 Great Directors: Michel Gondry

“Every great idea is on the verge of being stupid.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (although Dave Chappelle’s Block Party is up there).

What Did I Watch: Mood Indigo.

Where Does He Fit: Mood Indigo is a little over two hours and grows wearying very quickly, with plenty of style that is nevertheless lacking in charm after a certain point even if the broad idea of having the quirk be darker as the romance goes along is interesting. When all the ideas involve things like a bird DJ or “this object that appears to be X is also Y!”, however, it all grows very stale, and the pace is a nightmarish and slow ordeal. Gondry has a lot of talent, but he desperately needs to work with Kaufman or a writer of similar talents again.


Most Valuable Asset: Visual stylings (but he really needs better scripts).
Most Excited For: The Science of Sleep? His career is a downer.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Not really. I wish I could say yes, though.

Coming Up Next: Finishing off the 21st century group with Alfonso Cuaron.


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