26 February 2019 | Barbouzes
50% enchanting, 50% tedious
Growing up in France, I always heard of Jacques Tati and Pierre Etaix in the same breath: critical successes, commercial failures. This is the first time I am actually seeing an Etaix movie (via the Criterion's DVD). and I see the charm, but I also see the limitations of Etaix's art, unfortunately. While Jacques Tati's "Playtime" is a timeless masterpiece ( I have seen Playtime 3 or 4 times now, big screen or small screen, and I never get tired of it) Pierre Etaix' s "Yoyo" has its charming moments and delightful camera angles, but in the end, it comes out as a collection of gags (some enchanting, some dated) with no coherence behind them. No developed storyline. "Yoyo" starts in a virtuoso way (fabulous fake silent movie!), but peters out quickly script wise, and by the end, elicits only a "meh?". I stopped watching the second movie ("As long as you got your health") after 2 "sketches": no plot, bad timing, irritating musical choices. I am so very sorry, Mr Etaix.