I've tried to watch some Godard movies in the past (5-6 years ago) and I hated them. Years have passed and I started to think about why I hated the movies and couldn't remember why. So I forced myself to watch one of his movies on theatre, and I've watched Pierrot, le Fou and ended up loving it. The humour on this movie is incredible, I've tried to control myself not to laugh too loud but the café scene... I lost it.
The French avant-garde nouvelle-vague precursor to Pulp Fiction, though instead of Vincent Vega and Mia Wallace, we get Pumpkin and Honey Bunny. While I'm sure it tickled the funny bones of radical French youth and American Godard groupies, it is too engrossed with the zeitgeist to provide a meaningful message...like Pulp Fiction. Best watched after consuming your recreational drug of choice...like Pulp Fiction.
Surreal, concise, and poignant. The film goes qucikly through its narrative trusting the viewer to capture the intricacies and references whether they be of the time or universal. The film clips along and progressively grows more into its surrealism, each step logical in the moment. The dialogue remains a key piece. This methodology all aids in its innovation as a masterpiece of one of the best directors of all time.
"So let this be a warning: You probably won't like "Pierrot le Fou." One of Godard's films, seen by itself, can be a frustrating and puzzling experience. But when you begin to get into his universe, when you've seen a lot of Godard, you find yourself liking him more and more. One day something clicks..." Roger Ebert. Truth is you either get Godard or you do not. If you do not...that's just sad.