Be Kind Rewind

Rating ***


There’s something touching about the naivety and inventiveness of the “remakes” in Be Kind Rewind. Throughout, we are reminded of the pure joy of shooting your own movies. The simple community of this New Jersey town are united in their love of film. Gondry shoots in a more polished ‘mainstream’ style than usual. This contrasts nicely with the handheld home movies at the core of the film. Despite a few pacing issues and a sudden move towards sentimentality in the final act, this is a vivid, heartfelt, funny and wildly original piece of work that only Michel Gondry could have conceived. It almost made me want to dust off my old VHS tapes ……..nah forget it, where’s my Blu-ray remote?

~ by thewholebuffalo on July 9, 2009.

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