I hyped this up a fair amount. Watching the trailer about forty thousand times a day leading up to the DVD release probably didn’t give Mood Indigo any chance of being half as good as how I perceived those two minutes of filmy-wilmy heaven to be. Not to say it was bad. Far from it, infact. I caught my mouth falling open just seconds in. Whether the shock was due to the quality of the opening or the fact that I was actually watching the proper, full, self-predicted cinematic odyssey, I can’t recall.
It’s hard to define the story when so much happens visually. It’s easy to get lost in all the morphing rooms, insect door bell, spinning food and all that stuff. Gondry went all out surreal – half-hearted craziness just wouldn’t do. And of course, the ideas were thought up by the mad and wonderful Boris Vian in his 1947 novel, but, to translate these to film still with Gondry’s cinematic style woven through, is quite an achievement. But, within and underneath the strangeness is this truly beautiful and unique love story. Colin and Chloe. Chloe and Colin. Chlolin. Anyway, their meeting at a friend’s poodle’s birthday party (yes, you better believe it) is, if not everyone’s dream, then my dream. They are both so real, mistakes and embarrassments exposed, though not in a cute, ditsy rom-com way. They seem to click, after just seconds together, and in that moment I sold my heart to their pending relationship. I probably shouldn’t compare it to Romeo and Juliet, but I will anyway. The French Romeo and Juliet. That almost instant connection between a pair that are so perfectly matched, it almost seems like they were written for each oth…
Chloe’s outlook on life is something to live by. She doesn’t care what people think. She is sweet, loving, caring, and weird. But she embraces it completely. Weird is good. Her character inspires me to embrace my inner weirdness unashamedly. Audrey Tautou absorbed the personality and quirks completely, a testament to her solid acting. At some points, just observing the interactions between Chloe and Colin from afar (however sinister that may sound), I could feel myself smiling with no power to stop. And despite my persistent (false) beliefs that I am not a soppy romantic, nothing in the world could have teared down my upturned mouth.
My only problem is with the film’s ending. Events seemed to occur at a rate my emotions couldn’t keep up with. And as a result, I didn’t have the tears to cry at the end – and trust me, I wanted to whether it was happy, sad or other. As the tone grew further and further away from the fun and lively beginning, I found myself slipping out of the story, getting distracted by stupid things, like the dust around the edge of my laptop screen. But, you know, maybe that wasn’t the films fault. Maybe it was just me. I suggest you find out for yourself.
Mood Indigo is definitely worth a watch – it may make our world seem utterly dull but I’m sure there is something to be learned from that. If the thought of that makes you want to scream, watch the trailer a couple of times. Its a filmic experience in itself.