10 - It's as if Tati built a huge, impersonal, modernistic nightmare of a city, staged a thousand individually creative silent films in it simultaneously, and just walked through it, which is frankly not too far from what he actually did. The miraculous climax, in which an amicable, warm-hearted party takes shape from the literal ruins of an impersonal restaurant opening, is one of my favorite sequences in cinema.
So much love and meticulous study and planning has gone into this film; hardly any dialogue but Tati's comedy is strong and poetic at the same time. You can watch this time and time again, and discover a new details, perspectives or points of view every single time.
This is film tried my patience, it's way too long and it's very short on laughs in places but a few early moments with Tati and the entire hotel dinner sequence make the film worth watching. There's also very amusing visual gag that closes the film as well and perhaps I'm stretching a bit but I thought Tati made a nice nod to M. Hulot's Holiday with the door that goes BONG.
A fugal, ambitiously macro-scaled project in capturing comedic absurdities of the petty fleshling amidst consumerist technocracy, 'Playtime' juxtaposes through spontaneous microcosms (visual gags) worlds of civil, futurist sterility with that of organic, primitive chaos, ushering in progressive geometric circularization from linear duties of modern subjugation the simple cosmic freedom of joy and being.
Playtime is a brilliant satire that depicts a world that is cold, labyrinthine and inhabited by the tertiary sector. Tati's nearly wordless vision of modern life is satirical and intelligent, he brings his natural wit to the story and establishes little, but relevant subtexts in the tiniest details, ridiculing the lifestyle of the modern era. Even the stunning grey cinematography comes with a (more direct) purpose.
Though it took me a few tries to get through the film for various reasons, it's definitely an ingenious bit of comedy and construction. The way one little instance unfolds to create a variation of instances is remarkable, and plays seamlessly. Masterful production.
This movie is like a dance. The montage, the complex choreography and the exaggerated use of the sound leads the dance, we are the followers. I don't know if this has already been said but I felt that Hulot was a MacGuffin and that the device that brought him to each situation was very obvious (an old friend that forced him to enter some place). But more important than this, I actually laughed.
Genius! Tati pokes fun at modern society and all the trivial things that we have created to make life just that tiny bit easier. Yet everything is so much more confusing and impersonal. The broom with the lights on it was hilarious. Lots of fun, highly recommend it!