Sometimes you come back to something you used to love and you realize how much you have changed. There was a time, maybe 10 years ago, where I would call this my favorite Welles. I still think the set pieces are amazing and there are great moments, but overall it feels a bit tedious. The angst doesn’t work as well for me as it did when I was younger and instead it just feels like a guy running into a wall for 2 hours.
An interesting movie that feels like a transitional work for sci-fi movies. It is more concerned with philosophy and politics than earlier films, but still not as absolved of the goofy novelties of space as the upcoming “serious” run of films. I especially liked how human the drama was and that they allowed the characters a little space to breath. Some great sequences too, especially when they explore the lost ship.
It felt like it was lacking something for me, even though it was always at least fine. Maybe I expect more whimsy from Demy. Maybe I wish the movie was more focused on the woman, even though I understand the narrative use of using the fresh faced boy as the vehicle, he just was not nearly as interesting.
Jerry Lewis is fun, I laugh at his movies. His early stuff with Tashlin is a best of both worlds, but at a certain point you wish Tashlin had let Jerry go alone earlier as you can feel what was once inventive getting repeated into the ground. Again, this is a good time, but nothing more, and that alone is a shame from both of these guys.