Running Time: 114 minutes
Directed By: Jacques Tati
Written By: Jacques Tati. Henri Marquet, Pierre Aubert, Jacques Lagrange
Main Cast: Jacques Tati, Nathalie Pascaud, Micheline Rolla, Valentine Camax, Louis Perrault
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TATI HAT TRICK: PART ONE OF THREE
I've had Tati's Playtime sitting on my desk for well over a month now, as it became available (off of a long wait) on Netflix back then and for some reason (I can't even remember now) I wanted to hold these over until the final 100. Perhaps I wanted to stack the deck for the big race to the finish, perhaps I thought I'd really like these or something. Well, I didn't REALLY like the first installment of the Hulot franchise, but it was okay, I guess.
Honestly, there's not much of a plot to speak of, so I'll tell you what little there is to tell and we'll segue right into the review portion of this write up. Tati himself plays Mr. Hulot, a clumsy, calamity inducing, slender Frenchman who brings chaos wherever he goes, though he means well and almost never realizes that the chaos he's causing is coming from himself. In this movie, he heads to the beach for a vacation, driving his old jalopy down the road, that is until it finally falls apart on him and he ends up having to get a push start for the rest of the film, whenever he wishes to drive it. He has a good time at the beach house; playing tennis, dining with the locals, horseback riding with a dream girl and even letting off a few fireworks. The whole thing is very slapstick and if you wanna get a feel for what this one's like, just think Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, just with a smidgen of dialogue (though there isn't much and certainly nothing pertinent is said). The meat & potatoes of the film is made up of the gags and all comes from Tati's own talents of playing a half wit with anarchy on his tail.
RATING: 6/10 Perhaps a revisit someday will brighten my mood toward this, because in actuality, I should've loved this kind of thing.
MOVIES WATCHED: 907
MOVIES LEFT TO WATCH: 94
February 1, 2015 12:49pm