This is a very bad movie. Only watch if deliberately going for all the best picture nominees.
Trying really hard to rate this without considering the irony that the difficulties these men experienced would constitute a good day for the men stuck in the Hanoi Hilton while this was being shown to American audiences. It's just difficult because this light and comical take seems so out of place for the time it was released, and again that's my own state of mind on this film but it was hard to shake that thought.
Really though it is…
Not only do I wish that I could be that cool, but I wish I could watch this movie for the first time again. Jef Costello is an incredible character, something about loners out of time appeals to me, and he certainly fits that bill. Honestly other than that not really sure what about it that I loved so much, I just know that I did love every second of it.
Jean Pierre-Melville is 2/2 for his films that I've seen, can't wait to see the rest.