Microbe et Gasoil [Microbe & Gasoline] (2015)

Microbe et Gasoil
Director: Michel Gondry
Writer: Michel Gondry
Cast: Ange Dargent, Théophile Baquet, Diane Besnier, Audrey Tautou
Seen on: 30.6.2016

Daniel (Ange Dargent) is small, has long hair and loves to spend his time dreaming and drawing – which obviously doesn’t give him the best of standing in his school. He finds an ally in Théo (Théophile Baquet) who works in his father’s shop as a mechanic and loves to tinker with motors, although they make him smell of gasoline, which means he, too, is ostracized. The two of them become inseparable and start working on a car of their own – their way to freedom. And when it actually works, they decide to hit the road.

I enjoyed Microbe et Gasoil. It was funny and sweet in many ways. But I hoped that it would be more than what it was and I absolutely hated the ending, which does leave a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

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The Green Hornet (2011)

The Green Hornet is Michel Gondry‘s newest film based on the characters created by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. It stars Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson, Edward James Olmos, James Franco and Edward Furlong.

After the death of his father, media mogul James Reid (Tom Wilkinson), party animal and general nuisance Britt Reid (Seth Rogen) takes over the family newspaper, albeit without any actual interest. But when he teams up with his father’s former assistant Kato (Jay Chou), a genius with all kinds of machines and martial arts, and they find that they could become superheroes, Britt uses the newspaper to his advantage – but with consequences he didn’t see coming. Mostly in form of the city’s villain Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz).

The Green Hornet has much to commend it. And then there is Seth Rogen.

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At least, don’t forward it…

My weekend was pretty uneventful. Therefore I had the time to go to the cinema and watch Be Kind Rewind.

I liked it, although I did expect a little more from it. The sweded movies are fun and – in the times of the ever growing popularity of youtube, where an estimated 95% videos are remakes of other youtube videos – it wonderfully shows a new art form that emerged in the past years.

I also really, really loved the movie about Fats [I hope that was the guy’s name, I’m not sure right now) – it was beautiful.

Mos Def was great, as was Sigourney Weaver. Marcus Carl Franklin was there as well (although you didn’t see much of him).

And now come the buts… Michel Gondry could have shown more of the sweded movies (btw, you can watch them and a sweded trailer here), they had me under my seat, laughing. Jack Black could have toned it down a bit, he was overacting as usual, but this time it just didn’t fit the movie and the mood.

I do think it’s worth a watch, but you could have made a lot more of it.