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Be Kind Rewind
You name it, we shoot it.
A man whose brain becomes magnetized unintentionally destroys every tape in his friend's video store. In order to satisfy the store's most loyal renter, an aging woman with signs of dementia, the two men set out to remake the lost films.
A near perfect film not only for the movie lover in you, but for the wannabe filmmaker in all of us.
The story for the most part was weak but the "Sweded" film segments were unique and incredibly entertaining!
If it had been 100% Sweded the film could have easily earned 5 stars!
Michel Gondry's Be Kind Rewind has a clear potential, but, unfortunately, its potential is wasted throughout the film. It is carried by its interesting and malleable concept, which is incredibly misused as the film starts developing. Michel Gondry managed to input some interesting ideas, which, unfortunately, are underexploited and underdeveloped, such as Jerry's (Jack Black) magnetizing powers. I have to admit that when it started I thought it'd be a great movie, but, as it developed, I could see something was missing and, in my opinion, it was notorious that Michel Gondry did not know how to create an effective balance between its genres.
Be Kind Rewind works as a wonderful comedy, but as soon as the film shows its…
This film as a whole is incredibly lopsided yet manages to be entirely lovable and enjoyable.
Im gonna be kind to all of you who hasnt seen this before and say don't bother.
Charming and off-the-wall, Jack Black and Mos Def gel together really well as they remake Hollywood films in an attempt to save Danny Glover's video rental store. It's just a little frustrating that the footage of the sueded films do not take up larger chunks of the runtime.
Quirky as they come, but Gondry's visual flair shines though.
Oh, Be Kind Rewind how I love thee.
This film is a film about a group of people in Passaic, NJ banding together to make an infectiously fun film. Of course, in reality many of them are non-actors off the street in Passaic who were recruited to contribute to the larger film that film contains. The lines begin to blur toward the end between these two films. They clearly both espouse the same philosophy about collaborative art. And they're both clearly directed by Michel Gondry on one of his very best days.
This feels like such an unlikely film, but it exists in a beautiful completed form. It's a half-documentary of its own production process. And yet its tightly-scripted and very funny and even deeply moving. It shouldn't be able to do all of those things.
There's a lot that can be said about Michel Gondry's fifth feature, BE KIND REWIND (2008, 101 min, 35mm; Friday 6:45pm, 9pm, 11:15pm & Saturday 4pm). You could talk about Jacques Tati, for whom the bravest thing a performer could do is pave over the gap that exists between the audience and the screen. Or Leo McCarey, for whom human goodness was a force more powerful than traditional plot development. Or the 1980s American comedy, with its clear (usually economic) goals, central love story, and eccentric supporting characters (which BE KIND REWIND subverts by refusing to have a villain). Or the places, problems and patterns of speech that are a key part of American city living but not American cinema. But…
The best tribute to the VHS years. It's a love letter to movie making, but it's realistic in that it ends. There isn't a unrealistically happy ending. The medium is virtually dead, DVD's are coming. But it doesn't really paint anyone in a bad light, not the suits, not the other rental places. I wasn't expecting the emotion I felt in the final scene, but the death of something that people care a lot about is moving. Really underrated film, and it fits perfectly with Michel Gondry's style.
Be Kind Rewind has a lot of heart but doesn't fully reach its potential, there are jokes I know I should be laughing at but they end up not being funny which is a massive shame.
Honestly, it's hard for me to understand how anyone who loves films could not love this movie.
Liked the beginning but it got preachy near the end
"I'm gettin' too old for this" Mos Def
It's hard not to like this film since it is based on amateur filmmaking and making films with friends and watching with friends, which it seems very sentimental towards! For that, I like this film further, because I also make some (rather amateur) films with my friends and they aren't technically good, but they're fun to watch and very silly!
Unfortunately the jokes don't really hit and a lot of the film seems more like filler! But for what it's worth, there is enjoyment here!
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