Conclusion: Wild, funny, confusing and utterly unpredictable, Leos Carax's Holy Motors is the best film I saw in 2012. I am convinced that its cult status is assured. Now that Holy Motors has finally arrived on Blu-ray, I urge you to also find the time to see it. I cannot guarantee that you will like it as much as I did, but I can guarantee that you will talk about it after you experience it. Artificial Eye's presentation of the film is excellent.
Summary: This one definitely earns high marks all around for originality and style, even if it never quite grips you the way a good movie can. It sure looks slick, however, and it features and interesting cast giving their all in order to deliver a script that is… pretty out there. Definitely worth a watch if you’re a viewer with an affinity for bizarre art house filmmaking, Holy Motors is as hypnotic and almost trance inducing as it is perplexing and occasionally hilarious.
Conclusion: There are some that will inevitably be turned off by the apparent density and perplexing nature of 'Holy Motors' – but, as with most seemingly impenetrable films that are done well, e.g., with style and creativity, and a clear sense of thematic purpose, it won't take long for those willing to give it a shot to develop incredibly strong feelings about it.
Conclusion: Holy Motors can be praised for breaking the monotony in the life of a film critic, but it is a shallow exercise in surrealism that will disappoint the average viewer for not adding up to anything special. Indomina's Blu-ray provides great picture, underwhelming but adequate sound, and a decent hour of bonus features. While I can't recommend the film, there's nothing about the disc besides the movie to dissuade interested parties.
Conclusion: As I watched Holy Motors , I said to myself, "This is exactly the kind of film [my colleague] Svet Atanasov would love," and after I completed watching and writing about it, I noticed that in fact Dr. Atanasov had recently reviewed the British Blu-ray release of the film, giving it a more or less unqualified rave. Further poking around our site revealed that our feature film reviewer Brian Orndorf had also given his response to the movie here .
Summary: "Holy Motors" is a unique cinematic experience that consistently delivers steady revelations as the film progresses. It is meticulously constructed to create a specific set of circumstances within a somewhat traditional plot.
Excerpt: Jean-Luc Godard famously suggested that the best way to criticize a movie is to make another movie. With Holy Motors, the year’s most electrifying whatsit, Godard’s fellow French filmmaker Leos Carax has taken that idea one delightfully absurd step further. On its surface, this absurdist ode to analog’s death at digital’s hands seems to echo a number of recent essays eager to perform the last rites on cinema, or at least on its status as our dominant dream factory.
Excerpt: One of those films that appears to exist solely to divide audiences, Holy Motors is an audacious and bewildering experience that reminds you how fun and versatile cinema can be. Regardless of whether director Leos Carax intended the film to be indecipherable or not, he has fashioned a work that will delight as many as it will disappoint.