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Director/co-screenwriter Michel Gondry and co-screenwriter Charlie Kaufman
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Reviewed by villek on October 8th, 2004
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I was a bit disappointed with this one. Charlie Kaufman doesn't really give that much insight on the script as i expected. Most of the time he just gives short replies to Gondry's questions and comments. Gondry has some good stories, but it's a shame that even Kaufman doesn't understand him all the time because the french accent. The track has some repetition as the same anecdotes were also in the 15min documentary/conversation with Jim Carrey.
The track has it's moments and it gives some information, but i would have liked a lot more. Even multiple commentaries, since the movie is great.
Reviewed by The Cubist on March 22nd, 2006
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They had pitched the idea for the movie as early as 1998 and not surprisingly had a tough time finding a studio willing to take a chance. Kaufman talks about how painful it is for the writer to be left out of the filmmaking process and how he enjoyed working with Spike Jonze (on Being John Malkovich and Adaptation) and Gondry because they included him. Not a bad track but not a great one either.
Reviewed by ipatrick on May 2nd, 2014
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Kauffman is kind of a dick. He contributes nothing to this commentary. Gondry is a good speaker despite the accent and everything he says is interesting, but adds little to the movie experience.
Reviewed by Station51 on November 6th, 2015
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Trying to understand anything Gondry says is near impossible. As myself a Canadian who understands French, that's saying something. It's absurd to get him to do any commentary. It sounds like he may have some interesting things to say as he's talking a lot more than Kaufman, who says next to nothing. Two geniuses offering very little together. A waste of tme.
Reviewed by grimjack on December 7th, 2020
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I didnt dislike it as much as some other reviewers, but it is hard to say it isnt disappointing, considering the depth and inventiveness of the film. Gondry does have some interesting stuff to say, but not enough to make the track memorable. Kaufmann does interject more than others say he does, but only adds little things like talking about how Lacuna works that we dont see, or which scenes he based on real life, etc..
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