Aside from the costumes and architecture The Young Victoria didn’t really engage. It is though a Jean-Marc Vallée film through and through, which features both Blunt and Friend being ever-so-charming, so isn’t devoid of appeal by any stretch.
C.R.A.Z.Y. is a film of hugely high renown, directed by Jean-Marc ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Vallee. It didn’t push my buttons though, too safe, too much of the time and too long. It’s not unpleasant and it is disarming, but it never bursts forth and sucks the viewer in. Nice costuming and soundtrack though.
Cafe De Flore is a little odd. Unfortunately this only becomes apparent toward the last act of the film, which leaves the viewer, well this one at least, feeling a little cheated. Why? Because it’s not odd in a good way and the moment where you begin to realise what’s going on actually undoes the good of what’s gone before. Basically the story loses it’s bite. Everything is suddenly less real, figuratively and literally.