This docu-animation is a brilliant idea on paper and it does have moments of pure delight, but one can't help but feel somewhat disappointed about the direction Gondry took/wasn't able to take. The drawings provide fantastic depth to a conversation that often lacks it, mainly due to filmmaker's inability to really test his subject. Still, it's highly informative and some mental masturbation never hurts.
Chomsky's obfuscations continue to delight, and to have Gondry's kooky illustrations, as a visual learning aid, they form a major platform in comprehending each layer of cerebral golddust developing sentence by sentence. God, I wish I studied linguistics at MIT.
In some ways a bit of an audiovisual overload, an exercise in multithreaded thinking in an effort to combine a heavy accent, low-quality audio, animation on steroids and abstract thinking. As a portrait of two men meeting in the interest of collaboration it's an interesting and highly personal document but is probably best suited to those familiar with both of the subjects work. 3 stars
in the Godard's interview with Lemonde:
"Je ne sais pas si vous connaissez un petit film de Michel Gondry, très joli, une conversation avec Chomsky. C'est un travail incroyable qui, à la longue, devient un peu répétitif…"
the animations are cool, but the subject is kind of repetitive, plus the misunderstandings are kind of annoying because they take up time but don't add substance. idk, at least now i want to read chomsky's books on language
Didn't stand a chance with me, because of my exalted expectations of Gondry & Chomsky. Enjoyed in a "s'okay" way. Not "x minutes I'll never get back", but wouldn't bother if I could turn back time. #1 Visual approach fine for 15 or 30 min, but really tired by the end of a feature. #2 Gondry wastes Chomsky: repetitive on less interesting topics while other topics we already know he's interesting on are simply absent.