The coolest french movie ever. I can literally say that without lying or trying to make you believe it is. Here’s a little about the film, Jef Costello is a hit man, who has a witness, and he has to get rid of her. She’s this girl who works at the club. So Jef has the police after him, he has his own boss after him, and things just suck for him. So his only reasoning is he has to kill the girl, he goes to her while she plays the piano and then bam. Like ten police officers shot him. It’s not your typical crime or really action film. This is an art film and a really cool film, it’s something if I made would be pretty happy about. Reasons because the way the dialogue is slim and the scenery goes from dreary to jazzy. It’s great, I praise Jean-Pierre Melville.
Alain Delon’s performance is wonderful. He nailed playing a hit man who lives in solitude. He actually ties us in and makes us almost feel sorry for his character. He lives in solitary but isn’t alone, he does have a girlfriend, she’s more of his alibi though. I would say Le Samourai made the job being a hit man the most realistic than most movies have done. Also note he has the skills and mind of a samurai hence the name Le Samourai. It’s based on the novel Ronin by Joan McLeod.
When I talked about the scenery, I mean how you see Costello walked down the streets it was dreary. Then when he goes in the club, that’s your typical 60s Jazz club. The characters drag you in and make you feel like your there. When we see his apartment building, it’s nothing over lavished, it looks realistic. That’s something that kind of leaned me into the film. The set and the acting, gets four stars.
This film is from the years when French New Wave ruled cinema. But Jean-Pierre Melville had his own way to do cinema, his pictures were old school but still revolutionary. He didn’t need the best action scenes, he didn’t need the best gun fights, I mean there’s barely any of that in the film. What he thought he needed was actors and I say thank you. That’s what I want in a film, where I can say that every actor did a great job. Yeah I like my action films, I like to see stuff blow up, but I like a plot and great actors. I don’t want an action film where the actors are so cheesy and that goes with a love story too, I don’t want that over cheesy romance movie . I think people can agree, why make a romance movie that is just stupid and why make an action film stupid with a lame plot. It goes both ways, in cinema. This film gives you a plot, and keeps you on your toes.
I really can’t say anything bad about it because it’s everything I wanted. If it’s not what your looking for then you probably won’t like it. If you believe that anything over forty years old is stupid then you probably will not watch it. Here me out though, this film was made in 1967 and still stands up with the best films that came out in 2009 and 2010. I think even Avatar really I do. Why? Because it didn’t need special effects, computers, and 3D to awe me. It even beats my favorite film that came out this year, Shutter Island. That’s how good it is, and people might not agree and that’s fine.
With that, if you’ve seen this film and liked it , your lucky. It’s pure cinema magic, literally it beats everything you know about films. I recommend to try to watch other french new wave films too, if you haven’t started yet. It does have a large fan base, but if your a beginner start with this one or another great film Jules and Jim. Yeah their both way different, both are classified as French New Wave though. Enjoy and learn more about French Cinema.