So first read this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2011/oct/18/amelie-sweet-smell-success
Now I know not every film is for everybody, one persons masterpiece is anothers dross. It just happened to trigger my memory of something Thom Yorke said in the Radiohead documentary ‘Meeting people is easy’ charting their success with OK Computer.
While touring in the US he said something along the lines of ‘the difference between success in the US and success in the UK is that in the UK people think you have cheated somehow if you get mass adoration from critics and the public a like. It’s like you’ve paid someone off or some how had something the rest didn’t, had an unfair advantage’. Thom’s point was I think, just because something is good and most people liked it, it doesn’t mean you then have to dislike it or be suspicious of it; at least that’s one way of taking his point of view.
So while the very publication not a week earlier to this article being written gave it a retrospective 4 out of 5 http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2011/oct/13/amelie-film-review Phil Hoad lives up to the horrible stereotype that ‘because I’m a critic I can’t love popular films’. Yes it’s dreamy, yes it’s idealistic France, but to be honest having visited some of the locations on holiday they mostly look like that in real life! It’s hard to make a film in France without it looking french – just like in most countries.
Amélie will long live on as one of the best directed and darkly funny films of all time, and if you can’t at least see it’s directorial brilliance then you may well be blind.
Oh it also has my favorite lines of any film…
<Amélie walks over to begger in Train station goes to offer him money>
Begger: No, sorry, I don’t work Sunday.