Gael Garcia Bernal
Unfortunately, the filmís greatest strength is also its greatest weakness and that happens to be the imagery. Itís beautifully creative, but itís overused to the point that its distracting. Not enough time is given to the two charming lead characters and instead, every other scene tries to outdo the last in terms of off-the-wall dream sequences. It seemed at times the real world scenes were more of an afterthought than the focal point. I liked how his dreams got more elaborate and frequent as his life got more confusing, but that was a concept that was never really realized. His inability to differentiate between his dream world and his real world should have been expanded more so the audience could feel something for the character.
One of the things that made MIND so great is that the audience was constantly rooting for the two leads to get together and in this one, I didnít really care. The audience never gets the time to care about the characters and instead weíre just waiting to see what crazy dream is going to come next. Ultimately, the audience is left feeling disappointed that what could have been a charming love story turned out to be a showcase for creative animation.
Making of Science of Sleep (39:12): At almost 40 minutes, I felt that this was way too much information for a film like this. Itís clear Gondry made this for the DVD because it seems like it was made during the filming. It features interviews with the cast and crew and a walk through of some of the dream scenes.
Lauri (11:11): Lauri was in charge of creating the animals used in the film and this is her story. Sheís a strange bird, but Iím sure some will find her amusing. Iím not sure she deserved her own segment, but aspiring artists are sure to dig this featurette.
Rescue Me (3:32): Iím not sure how to describe this other than to say itís about a girl that runs a cat shelter. Itís set to one of the dream sequences in the film but Iím not sure how it relates to the movie.
Adopt Some Love (4:59): Again with the cats. This looks at more efforts of people to save cats. I had to mentally run through the film again and make sure I didnít miss anything about cats. To the best of my knowledge, there is nothing about cats, or rescuing them in the film, so I have no idea why these two featurettes are on here.
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