XL Popcorn – Alphaville

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Title: Alphaville
Director: Jean-Luc Godard
Year: 1965
Country: France

I still have four Jean-Luc Godard films to watch. I still have to let that sink in as, yet again, I have watched yet another one of his films and not only did I not get it but it sent me to sleep. It’s not unusual for me to feel sleepy if I watch a film in the afternoon – I’m someone who probably should nap more – however I usually find a way to snap myself out of it. With Alphaville I found myself giving into it.

There’s no denying that the setting in Alphaville is interesting. A dystopian world ruled by a computer where people are executed if they show any sort of emotion? Sure, I’m there. It’s very much an Orwellian world with a few extra steps and some weird execution scenes in a swimming pool.

Thing is, there is so much that should have worked for this film. I love a good genre film and who wouldn’t want to watch a film about a spy sabotaging an evil computer who runs things based purely on logic. It just needs to be, oh I don’t know, better paced and less confusing. Maybe even have it so that the spy seems semi-competent – I have no idea how he ends up succeeding in the end as he has the subtlety of a gas explosion.

I don’t mind the fact that nothing really seems too futuristic or this featuring some of the slowest car chases that I have ever seen – but there is nothing there to support it. At least not for me.

With there being four more Godard films to watch I really don’t hold up much hope for my suddenly changing my mind about him. I feel that if I don’t find myself engaged or at least moved by a dystopian sci-fi flick like this then what can he really do to get me to become a fan?

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