Essentially, a surreal, live-action Looney Tune, featuring John Cazale as a mad bomber.
Texts I sent to my friend who liked A Field in England while I was watching it:
"I don't understand. Are they on mushrooms? I feel like one or two more shots of them picking or eating them would have made it clear."
"I'm sorry, but this psychedelic climax is embarrassing. 1980s music videos were more clever with imagery."
"My greatest hope is that they're really Civil War re-enactors on a really bad trip, Shyamalan-style!"
In response to his reply…
In the scheme of things, one of Godard's more straightforward motion pictures. Working from a script by Philippe Setbon and producer Alain Sarde, the director makes a multi-layered crime thriller that twists and turns and folds in on itself.
The basic structure of Detective is that there are several groups of people staying in one hotel working on various sides of the law towards disparate goals that end up crossing over one another. The cast reads like a who's who…