22 February 2014 | pivic
Insightful, messy (in a good way) and deeply interesting
Wow. This is a big conversational film, often made interesting, awesome and makes you want to perform wonders with this new knowledge, much thanks to Gondry's willingness to go out on a limb, but first and foremost thanks to Chomsky's words. His mind is, if you have not sampled it before, vast and amazing, ironically by how he can make both complex and complicated matters very simple. Together, these two delve through linguistics, cognitive understandings, how important criticism is (especially from a very early age, preferably as soon as possible) both where science and life is concerned, and other very interesting scientific stuff, e.g. Young and Feinman, recent discovers of kids' understanding of language at a much earlier age than we've thought so far. Also, Chomsky has relatively recently lost his wife, which he doesn't want to talk about. "Is it too soon?" asks Gondry. "I can't get over that", is all we hear Chomsky explain. He talks some about his marriage. It seems they were living in symbiosis, as individuals, which seems beautiful. Chomsky explains simple, mind-blowing concepts of continuity, how religion can help people - but he sees himself as coming from dust and going to dust - talks about what generative grammar is, and where inspiration comes from - all of this is actually interesting in this film! I zoned out a couple of times but got to grips. It's well worth it. Check this film out.