My first exposure to the Three Colours Trilogy was back in my university days, where I studied European cinema for one of my papers. If I was being honest, I don’t remember if we were shown one of the films, or just scenes from them, but I always knew I enjoyed what I did see and looked forward to seeing all three at some stage. So with the third film in the trilogy appearing on the IMDB top 250 list which I’m currently making my way through, meant that time had finally come.
First up was, Three Colours: Blue, which was considered by the filmmakers an anti-tragedy, and I guess I can see where they were coming from to consider it so. And I guess when push-comes-to-shove I’d struggle to define it any better, but what I do know is I enjoyed it, and it was an interesting tale.
Though I thought these three films in this trilogy, which are named after the colours of the French flag, would have more openly obvious reasons to be named so. Upon a little bit of research, I in fact found out the filmmaker had very arbitrary reasons for basing it off these colours, and it more came down to where the funding to make the films came from, though they were also meant to have loose connections to the three cornerstones of French thinking, liberty, equality, and fraternity. All up sounds a bit wanky to me.
Three Colours: Blue, 8 out of 10 from me!!!
So I then watched the second film, Three Colours: White, which was seen as an anti-comedy, which again I can understand why, as it wasn’t funny but had everything that could easily have been twisted to be so. But my main thinking of the film is that I’m really not sure if I liked it or not. The ending had a twist which I liked and made other things make sense, but it didn’t give me a satisfied feeling either. So I can see why some people saw this as the lowest rated if the three. But, I did still enjoy it, but that might change if I put more thought into what I really feel about it.
Three Colours: White, 7 out of 10 from me!!!
Three Colours: Red, which was the anti-romance, was the last film in the trilogy, and the whole reason I was watching them as it was regarded as the best of them, though I might say it was my least favourite. These three films really do take classic European cinema arty clichés and lay them out clear as day, though I don’t mean in the really obscure sense of films like Seventh Seal, but still arty crap none the less.
And the ‘twist’ ending that technically connects and wraps up all three films, was so contrived, and didn’t add anything to the story or help elevate it to any great heights. So I’m actually surprised this ranks as the best of the three films, and actually wonder if that has more to do with the fact it wraps all three up at the end, hence making it ‘seem’ better.
Three Colours: Red, 6.5 out of 10 from me!!!
So though I didn’t mind these films, I’m never going to see them again, as they rub my anti arty wank bone the wrong way. There is much better European cinema out there for people to enjoy, so if you’re looking for some advice on which ones, hit me up before seeing these.
All up, 7 out of 10 from me!!!