Bought this on the recommendation of a friend. I love Godard's 'Weekend' but this one left me kind of cold. I found it really hard to become engaged with scenes like the one in the bar with people talking (and talking) and some guy reading random extracts from books (edge of your seat stuff that!). Too much chic and not enough sex (in a film about hookers too).
Two or Three things is Godard's "sociological fable", and amounts to a whole load of Wittgensteinian philandering with syntax and other oddly beautiful philosophising. At times it seems little more than an act of intellectual onanism; Godard venting his concerns in phrases of interminable length. However, the sheer beauty of the piece on the whole and the genuinely bracing brilliance with which Godard whispers and composes makes it a definite contender for one of the greatest films of Europe in the 60's, if not all cinema. Particularly noteworthy is Coutard playing the prestidigitator and wrangling thoroughly bewitching images from the most inauspicious things.
Jean-Luc Godard is a great film maker. I'm a fan, PIERROT LE FOU and BANDE A PARTE are among my all time favourite films. However I'm not a devotee who blindly worships all the great man's work. A good chunk of it is simply terrible.; TWO OR THREE THINGS is part of that chunk. It's awful. One of the most boring and singularly pointless movies I've ever sat right the way through. There is no plot as such but there is a good deal of political preaching and there is the most irritating whispered voice-over. The cinematography is largely excellent although, in Godardian-style, some of the framing is a bit weird. Of course it doesn't help that Godard's muse (and ex wife) Anna Karina isn't cast, I think she was working on Godard's (far more interesting) MADE IN USA in the afternoons while he shot TWO OR THREE THINGS in the morning? If that's the case (I'm sure I have read this but can't find a reference at the moment) then it highlights how even a prolific film maker of Godard's stature couldn't pull off two accomplished films made simultaneously. Karina, one of the truly great movie actresses of her generation, might have made this a more watch-able film but it's incoherent story line and endless sermonizing gives it no chance of being any good.