I’ve been meaning to do a Blue is the Warmest Color review for awhile, but have been busy with practicing new songs and also working on a new piece. So bear with me. I don’t always get around to doing film reviews the night after watching something.
Today, I’m taking the Mrs to see The Shape of Water. I’ve been a Guillermo del Toro fan forever. I’ll also write a review on that film soon. But let’s get back to my Blue is the Warmest Color review.
Nobody makes better action movies than Americans. However, nobody does character development better than the French.
At my age, I’d rather see good character development than awesome action. That’s just me though.
I’ve been wanting to see Blue for awhile. I just never got around to it. So finally, rented it and I’ll immediately say that this and Battle for Sevastopol were my two favorite films I’ve seen this past year.
Why Blue was good
First off, I’ll give a very brief summary of the story if you have no idea what it’s about. Adèle is a high school student who likes women. She just doesn’t know it yet.
Adèle tries to have sex with a man and something’s missing. Breaks the poor guy’s heart though, and that scene’s quite sad because he’s convinced he did something wrong. He didn’t. He’s a good guy. But that’s not where Adèle’s at.
So Adèle ends up with a blue-haired obvious lesbian artist.
We all know what’s going to happen. However, Abdellatif Kechiche, the director, keeps the pacing nice and slow so there are some parts where you almost think that she never ends up with Emma, the girl with the blue hair.
We get to see both Adèle and Emma grow and develop, and we’re even sympathetic to Thomas, the high school boy that Adèle loses her virginity with.
There are plenty of sex scenes and they’re beautifully shot. I know a lot of Americans get offended by graphic sex scenes, but whatever. I’d prefer to see a lot more love and a lot less violence in American movies, but that’s just me.
Adèle and Emma are both gorgeous in their own way. I saw a lot of myself in Emma – the struggling but persistent artist.
Adèle on the other hand is confused most of the movie. But it works. There are a lot of folks who don’t know who they are until they get pretty old. Hell, I didn’t know who I was until I was 37.
What I found weird
OK, once again, this is just me. Abdellatif Kechiche liked to shoot a lot of really close shots. Which actually worked, but did he also have to shoot such close shots of people eating?
Once again, this is just me, but I don’t like to see people eat, especially when they have bad manners. Some of the characters ate with their mouths closed. Which is great. I could eat with those people. Others didn’t though, and did we really have to see that?
Back to why Blue was good
American movies rarely develop more than one character well. We rely too much on big budgets and not enough on character development and dialog. Yeah, I get it. You have to appeal to the lowest common denominator to make money. Like today’s pop music for instance. It’s written for fucking idiots. But that’s what sells.
Kechiche develops Adèle and Emma quite well, and even some of the lesser characters. I’m guessing that if you watch it, you’ll be sympathetic with either of these characters, depending on what kind of person you are.
Adèle is introverted and kind of a mess. Emma’s a passionate artist who gradually learns to sell herself better and promote her works.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but you do get to see both characters develop over the movie. I love when a movie can make a character three dimensional. Character depth, baby! That’s what I want to see.
Unpredictability too. Like for instance, I rented Avatar years ago. I predicted every scene and was right 100% of the time. If you’re a true artist, don’t make Avatar. I hated that movie.
Everyone else will talk about the sex scenes. Yeah, whatever. I used to live with horny lesbians so been there, seen it. I don’t care.
The only problem I had with the movie, besides a few characters who didn’t know how to shut their mouths when they chewed, is it was sympathetic to communism. I fucking hate communism. It’s the worst political system ever invented. It never has worked. It will never work. And it always ends in disasters both for the people under it and also for the planet.
But once again. Whatever. It’s Kechiche’s film, not mine. He made a damn good movie. I still of course reserve the right to criticize aspects of it.
I’m not sure why Léa Seydoux, the actress who played Emma, got top billing over Adèle Exarchopoulos, the actress who played Adèle. I’m not French. But I just thought that was weird.
That said, both played spectacular roles and both actresses deserve a lot of credit. Like I said earlier, when you see it, you’ll more than likely be sympathetic to one of the two characters. Both actresses pulled off their parts quite well.
Myself, I’m more like Emma. You may be more like Adèle. And that’s great.
I was happy to read that the actresses are friends in real life still. The movie was made back in 2013. Being a foreign film though, I didn’t even know about it until last year. I find most of my films by either chance or recommends.
Yes, it was really three hours. It didn’t feel like it as the movie paced itself quite well. You got to see people change, people grow. I don’t like static characters.
I’m a very different person each decade. Which is great. We all grow. And both primary characters grew more into themselves as the film went on.
It started with Adèle in high school and went about ten years of her life. I love that.
And here’s where I say my controversial two cents.
American movies are too much into male sexuality. We’ll see male masturbation and fellatio, but almost never female masturbation and cunnilingus in American movies. We’ll also see male genitalia but almost never female genitalia. In fact, the only two American movies I remember off the top of my head that really showed female genitalia (I’m not talking about bush, people) were Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, which I loved, and The Piano, which was overrated and stupid.
I loved seeing the lesbian cunnilingus and anilingus scenes and also the female masturbation scenes just because American movies won’t show that. Kudos to the French here.
And if you think I’m anti-American in any way, you’re either a complete idiot or you stumbled on this blog by chance. I’m a huge American patriot. I just think we’re way too prudish in our movies, and we have a warped view of sex vs violence. That’s constructive criticism.
The French get sex right. Show it. It’s part of our lives.
But come on folks. Chew with your mouths closed.