That restaurant sequence is one of the most beautifully constructed and meticulously orchestrated moments in cinema history. Tati understands the importance humor and the language of cinema like no other director. His gags are just as amusing as they are intelligently crafted. Playtime is unique, delightful, and timeless classic that we will be discussing for years into the future.
i love the small gestures and details, the mise en scene and the framing, how every extra has a special sense of authenticity. tati shows us how comedy can be found in what we may regard as trivial or unimportant, so in the end i always get a warm feeling inside from watching one of his films, because i'm reminded that, even if life isn't really that grand or spectacular as we want it to be, it's still pretty good
astonishing - technology seemingly only widening the gaps between people. we deal with the disconnection of humanity in an ever increasing technologically advanced world, eventually arriving at the milieu of chaos in the restaurant. in spite of everything, tati's optimism shines through. ending in a veritable carnival merry-go-round we are made to feel both nostalgic and relieved to be leaving the city again.
An incomparable masterpiece. PlayTime, as with Tati's three previous films, engages with the modern world from an ironical, amused, but loving distance. He is not so much at war with modernity as he is locked in a struggle to humanize it. He succeeds marvelously; he adopts and subverts the postmodern rejection of linear narrative coherence and standard characterization to revivify irrepressible humanity. Genius!