Thursday, November 04, 2004

Netflix 6:Human Nature

While I know a lot of people really liked "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," nobody really remembers that it was actually the second collaboration between director Michel Gondry and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman. The first was 2001's "Human Nature," which sort of got lost in the Kaufman heavy 2001 (which also brought us the much better "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" and the great "Adaptation"). It's Gondry's feature length directorial debut, and has some nice moments, and some really great lines. But it has the feeling of someone who's almost there, but didn't quite get it. Similar to "Sunshine." it basically tells the tale of human relationships, and the problems that come. It has similar elements and themes, but it doesn't bring it across quite as well. It's still worth a watch, though, just to see where they are coming from.