Mood Indigo Blu-ray Review

Mood Indigo

Mood Indigo are two words you don’t often see put together.

Which is appropriate, as I’ve never seen a film put together quite like Michel Gondry’s latest movie of the same name.

Colin is a man of leisure, with 100,000 doublezoons in his safe and a hipster flat with self cleaning windows to keep him company.

As well as a chef who lives in his television set.

And a live in mentor by the name of Nicolas, who knocks up whatever said chef in a box suggests they try that day.

Did I mention the pianocktail that creates a cocktail for you whenever you play a song?

But despite all this material wealth and good fortune, Colin still yearns for something more from life, never more so when he discovers over an eel lunch that Nicolas and his best friend Chick have both fallen in love.

Naturally, Colin demands to fall in love tout de sweet; and no sooner has he said these words out loud than his shoes start whisking him away to a party where he meets the Audrey Tautou shaped girl of his dreams.

But will love go as smoothly as the rest of Colin’s life has magically turned out?

Based on the book of the same name by Boris Vian, Mood indigo is a surreal and bittersweet tale of love, life and everything in between.

And this everything includes mechanical insects for door buzzers, clouds you can use to take a trip over the parisian skyline, cars with cross shaped wheels so they can drive up stairs, square rooms that turn circular at the drop of a Duke Ellington song, and much more besides.

Famous for his imaginative use of visuals in Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind and The Science Of Dreams, Gondry cranks his own surreal inventiveness up to eleven and beyond in Mood Indigo.

The result is a little dizzying at times, as visual effects and tricks take precedence over any sense of story or plot.

A lot of people won’t like that, but then I’m not a lot of people.

Mood indigo may not be a great film, in fact I’m pretty sure that it’s not; but in its own strange and unusual way it somehow becomes more than this.

Gondry pushes the boundaries of his, Vian’s and our own imaginations in Mood Indigo like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

And his director’s cut on the bluray version goes even further, as does the running time by a good half hour or so.

If your mind wanders and wonders during the madness that often unfolds in front of you, and mine did, you’ve also got some french acting royalty to help draw you back in the shape if Tautou, Romain Duris, Omar Sy and Gad Elmaleh.

Mood Indigo is a film that’s not put together in the usual way, but if you feel the same way than this might just be the perfect film for you.

Jonathan Campbell

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November 2014