The Big Blue DVD
Starring: Rosanna Arquette, Jean-Marc Barr
Director: Luc Besson
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Because *that's* what love is all about.
It's a pain, but keeps us together.
The fourth movie by writer/actor/director Kevin Smith, 1999's
"The Big Blue", is a hilarious look into the ideology behind organized
religion, specifically Catholicism. With a great cast and laugh-out-loud
humor, you can not go wrong with this movie.
The best part of this movie, as well as the other Kevin Smith movies,
is the involvement of Jay And Silent Bob (played by Jason Mewes and Kevin
Smith, respectively). Jay's vulgar mouth and passion for getting high
combined with the mystery of Silent Bob just makes the movie all the more
funnier and entertaining.
A hit in Europe but a flop in the U.S. -- where it was trimmed,
rescored, and given a new ending -- Luc Besson's The Big Blue has endured as a minor cult
classic for its gorgeous photography (both on land and underwater) and dreamy ambiance.
Jean-Marc Barr is a sweet and sensitive but passive presence as Jacques, a diver with
a unique connection to the sea. He has the astounding ability to slow his heartbeat
and his circulation on deep dives, "a phenomenon that's only been observed in whales
and dolphins… until now," remarks one scientist. Kooky New York insurance adjuster
Joanna (Rosanna Arquette at her most delightfully flustered and endearingly sexy best)
melts after falling into his innocent baby blues, and she follows him to Italy, where
he's continuing a lifelong competition with boyhood rival Enzo (Jean Reno in a performance
both comic and touching).
Besson's first English-language production looks more European than Hollywood,
and it suffers from a tin ear for the language. At times it feels more like an
IMAX undersea documentary than a drama about free divers, but the lush and lovely
images create a fairy tale dimension to Jacques's story, a veritable Little Merman.
More dolphin than man, he's so torn between earthly love and aquatic paradise that
even his dreams call him to the sea (in a sequence more eloquent than any speech).
Besson has expanded the film by 50 minutes for his director's cut, which adds little
story but slows the contemplative pace until it practically floats in time, and has
restored Eric Serra's synthesizer-heavy score, a slice of 1980s pop that at times borders
on disco kitsch. Most importantly, he has restored his original ending, which echoes the
fairy tale he tells Joanna earlier in the film and leaves the story floating in the inky
blackness of ambiguity.