Saturday, February 28, 2015

February 2015 Blindspot Challenge Review: The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows is one of those film debuts of a director that literally blew my mind when I had saw them for the first time and whenever this happens, I cherish it because magical moments that are timeless like this is pretty rare to see in anyone life time when it comes to exploring a film debut of a director's filmography for the first time.

First, the plot of the story is so realistic when it comes to the character Antoine Doinet (Jean- Pierre Leaud) because I can  see why people think he is an troubled child throughout the whole movie, but really the fact is that is just misunderstood child who doesn't  know what to do. Also,  I see that his parents are really trying their best to raise Antoine the best way possible despite their issues the parents have together, but they have no idea on how to raise a child what so ever. An example of this is that once a child goes to exploring things they shouldn't have done at all, it becomes a way for the child to cope with their own personal problems, and while they in that state of not realizing how bad it is, their innocence of a being a young child is drifting away gradually  drifting each day without realizing it until they mature to the point where they realize that probably should of not done that in the first place.  Another reason why I felt like the plot made the movie such an iconic movie in my eyes is because the director, Francois Truffaut literally puts out his soul when it comes to this movie because he personally had a childhood that was pretty much like Antoine. Also, I can imagine that this is one of the ways that the director itself can express himself without speaking the words about the childhood he had during his life time and it also probably helped him moved on from the emotional pain that has linger throughout his childhood when it comes to people who has treated him wrong when he was Antoine's age.

Second, the acting from Jean-Pierre Leaud as Antoine was amazing because he found a way to make him even more relatable as a main character, while we were stepping inside to his world. A way that Jean did this is that in every scene he was in, he decided to do the tough manly role to disguise what he was really feeling for the most part,  unless it somehow that he trusted for good, but sometimes the people who trust in life aren't the people who really care about you, which makes him more normal in our eyes despite the fact thing he has done to survive. Another way he has done this trait really well, is that we personal see his desires for a normal life, but every time he tries it seems to go wrong and that's make him more relatable because he tries to get a brand new start in places that wouldn't judge him for the past.  If Francois Truffaut did not choose  his particular actor that is basically based on his childhood not very carefully, the chances of this film being the way it is would be fat slim chance of being an classic in my opinion.

Finally, the soundtrack of this film really sets the mood for the film. A reason is because it gives some great foreshadowing that anyone could clearly tell what is going to happen to him based on the particular soundtrack, even thought the movie is not spoken at English at all, Also, another reason why I like the soundtrack a lot is because you can tell what feelings are  going to be  convey in Antoine's expression  when it comes to him being in trouble as well, which is great way to tell the audience what could possibly happen next. If the soundtrack didn't give the foreshadowing clues that did throughout the movie, it would of been ten times harder to connect with this film in general.

If you haven't seen a Francois Truffaut film like I did before this month, The 400 Blows is a sure bet on something that a good amount of film buffs could enjoy easily since it is his most relatable film out based on the plot, acting, and soundtrack , while giving you a once in a life time feeling when it comes to seeing the major potential filmmaker directing a masterpiece on his first time directing a film.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

2015 Blindspot Challenge Update: Changing Films for the challenge

Since a good amount of the films I have planned for my Blindspot challenge disappeared from a fried TV DVR during Super Bowl week, I pretty much have to start again except for Chinatown and The 400 Blows (the film I need to review soon) since I have seen them. Also, I will organize the months watching the Blindspot films as well this time, so I will know when I am watching a particular movie that I have assigned myself.  I personally hope that you enjoy the list. Personally, I can't wait to start reviewing The 400 Blows after I have completed this list of films that I have mainly on DVD this time except for the Three Colors Trilogy directed by Krzysztof KieĊ›lowski and A Christmas Story, which will be easily found on television during December.

January 2015: Chinatown
February 2015: The 400 Blows
March 2015: Three Colors: Blue
April 2015: Three Colors: White 
May 2015: Three Colors: Red
June 2015: Harvey
July 2015: Touch of Evil
August 2015: Roman Holiday
September 2015: 2001: A Space Odyssey
October 2015: The Shining
November 2015: Sabrina
December 2015: A Christmas Story