I agree with you OK PC,
I think Besson was right to make this in black and white as well as having some beautiful cinematography, the ending was so disappointing, well, corny beyond belief and over the top.
Despite this, I still really love it and liked the characters and their development throughout the film.
An overlooked mini-masterpiece from Besson with an unforgettable 'love yourself' mirror scene - transcendent therapy at its finest. The acute transitions between comedy, drama and fantasy are a marvel. The monochromatic cinematography is merely a bonus. What a wonderful film.
On the whole, a wonderfully made film, and the first 3/4 were really enjoyable. However, the final portion was disappointing; it seemed somewhat forced and unfortunately became almost cringe-worthy. Still, worth the watch.
Whimsical and romantic effort from Besson. The visual look is gorgeous and Garbareks songs accompany the story perfectly. The casting is great and while the story might miss a beat or two the overall impression is however on the positive side. I just wish Besson would do more of this than churning out crappy B-movies as a producer and writer.
Such a striking movie. Some great lines on love and pain in the deepest. Geniune acting, real dialogues. It's far from fantasy for me. One second i was crying, the other second i laughed. Touching soundtrack, beautiful shots. "It's hard to love yourself, when no one reflects that."
Visually tremendous, great music and fine acting. Good move to shoot such a story in b/w - suppose he learned that from Wim Wenders. But the end destroyed the vision so that it gains a 3.5 only, and fails the 4 star rating. Still a nice watch.