Jean-Luc Godard is legion.
Legion in the ways he frustrates. Obtusely but always with intellect.
Legion in the ways he entices since he’s trying to entice himself more than his audience.
Here’s the rundown for Goodbye to Language.
No plot. Nazism and abstract political tension. Some nudity. Confusing title cards. Godard’s own charming mutt of a dog lovingly shown. Adultery. Or not? Textured, color-saturated digital images that are stunning, sharp and ethereal even in 2D. At a slim 70 minutes it’s an opaque, shape-shifting opus to the retooling of film itself that’s also more whimsical than you’d ever think.
Godard’s isn’t making a statement as ponderous as all language is dead for all. He’s finding an evolutionary step in communication occurring in his own work. According to Godard, depending on the setting, adieu means “hello” and a rather warm greeting at that. Adieu au langage now seems optimistic and not a dismissive phrase which, if we’re being honest, over his career Godard and the word dismissive have become synonyms.
So don’t watch this film. You probably won’t like it. That’s not a highbrow challenge to make you feel you need to “get” this high-flown critic fodder. Choose to skip it if you know your taste. Life is for you and it’s too short to take on something like this. Despite his reputation as cantankerous auteur, the filmmaker himself would be on your side. Be honest about your interest or lack thereof. Just, if you could, bypass the trickster bell curve of Metacritic.com. Isn’t the saying “lies, damn lies and Metacritic”?
Really a damn lie would be the day Jean-Luc Godard makes an easy film. – [DVD] [Blu-Ray]
DVD Release Date: 4/14/15