Movie review: Godard goes 3D, says "Goodbye to Language"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

If, like me, you missed the brief run of Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language 3D” at the Wexner Center, all is not lost.

The Gateway Film Center will be opening the film this week, and it is the definition of a must-see, as you won’t likely get a chance to see what a master filmmaker does in 3D in your home theater setting.

The first takeway is that almost no other filmmaker would even get a chance to make a movie like this. Experimental avant-garde film and the technicalities and expense of 3D filmmaking don’t usually live in the same basket.

The film itself is tough to pin down. Impressionistic to the point of near impenetrability, it’s a stew of concepts that Godard throws against the wall and in our faces. And it sticks more often than not.

This is also, by definition, not a movie for everyone. It’s a patchwork of images with a murky plot, if one even exists. Samples include a wandering dog and a man and woman having intense conversations while the man poops.

The reason to buy a ticket is to take the ride, though, and seeing what 84-year-old Godard does when given an extra dimension is intensely fascinating. He toys with our depth perception — and our hearing with a violent sound mix — in a way that makes this one of the most exhausting experiences of the senses I’ve had.

It is a lot to take in. I’d like to do so again, and you should as well.

** Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber

"Goodbye to Language 3D"

Opens Friday at the Gateway

3 stars out of 4