I’ve seen this half a dozen times before and it’s still masterful, without a false note. Interesting watching it again on the heels of The Meyerowitz Stories, as it also deals with adult children coming to grips with their parents’ mortality and artistic legacy. Assayas never pushes any conflict more than it needs to be. The result is that each character is fully realized and one can understand their perspective. The ending of the kids at the party is so imbued with sadness and hopefulness at the same time.
It's funny enough, but given how good Seinfeld the tv-show was (and my wife and I have been revisiting it lately) there's a whiff of disappointment here. It's toothless comedy. Jokes about old people in Florida. I get the experiment here is Jerry telling his biography through jokes. Funny enough the best bits are when he captures the monotony and strangeness of childhood. Then it's funny and insightful. But too often Jerry comes across as hopelessly out of touch with…
William Gibson has written about the influence of Blade Runner on cyberpunk, but this is the world of the original film filtered through Gibson. There’s also more than a touch of A.I. in here too; a major touchstone. Villeneuve makes it fully his own, delivering another fantastic science fiction film. I think I loved it.
My biggest fears, that it was going to be an action film or conform too much to contemporary blockbuster patterns, proved unfounded. And Leto doesn’t ruin it either.
Sure, it’s not the original film, which is dreamy and perfect in my mind, but then again, what is?