The Big Blue
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The Big Blue

1988
Romance
Drama
2h 48m
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Avg Percentile 62.5% from 927 total ratings

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Rated 29 Apr 2009
3
74th
For some reason over-the-top sentimentality and cheesy synth-music works in this flick, adding to the sympathy for and identification with the main character. Full of both funny and sad moments, this is perhaps Bessons best movie.
Rated 06 Apr 2020
45
34th
Highly fictionalised fantasy that for the most part seems aimed at a female audience until the struggle with the death drive that is the film's real theme (could Big Blue also mean depression?) leads both male protagonists to reject their women, the world and ultimately life (Jacques Mayol would later commit suicide by hanging). Overall, the film has a kitschy aesthetic, but features some undeniably pretty cinematography. Audio was out of sync when I saw it, but probably just a messed-up copy.
Rated 17 Dec 2019
45
22nd
About living between worldly enchantment and marine disenchantment (as enchantment). Watched it a long time ago for quite a few times and liked it. Guess what I liked was the blue everywhere giving a feeling of detachment from the entropic world, and the childlike eyes and unreserved enthusiasm of Jacques (though their combination means ultimately orientation towards fantasies).
Rated 14 Jun 2011
64
60th
score = psi --> te lang niet gezien
Rated 06 Oct 2011
37
13th
Hugely overrated! Nice cinematography and music, but truely idiotic plot.
Rated 26 Jan 2024
10
1st
Usually if something is bad I'll start skipping forward through the worst but the music is so terrible I actually just stopped watching. My poor ears...
Rated 09 Nov 2023
78
66th
Bien obsédé par les dauphins, ce gars-là.
Rated 19 Jun 2023
50
24th
Astonishing how besson wrote an entire script with no oxygen in his brain at all.
Rated 05 Jan 2023
75
72nd
Watched it because of the movie reputation, it was a good movie with amazing 80's touch (especially music) but I'm missing the "legend" as I will not watch it again and again
Rated 17 Mar 2018
50
10th
Apparently I watched the director's cut. That was a bad idea. There is no fucking reason for this story to go for almost 3 hours. My main problem was the interminable length (plus the hideous music and awful French comedy) so I should probably watch the theatrical version one day. The diving sequences and underwater photography are top-notch.
Rated 04 Aug 2017
81
81st
Love the pacing (with one caveat that I'll get to), the visuals, the soundtrack, the tone, the humor, Jean Reno, and Rosanna Arquette. Main character wasn't too shabby either, but Reno's been my favorite since forever, and wow, Rosanna Arquette probably would've been a since-forever favorite had I caught another 80s movie with her in it. Things happen way too quickly and suddenly towards the end, which is lame considering Besson had 3 hours to wrap things up, but overall it's almost great.
Rated 10 Jun 2015
85
83rd
85.000
Rated 13 Jan 2015
90
96th
Jacques Mayol dalınca sen de dalarsın.
Rated 02 May 2014
27
20th
Not my type of film.
Rated 10 Feb 2013
65
48th
James Cameron gets wet when he watches this.
Rated 01 Oct 2012
81
79th
Transatlantic friendship, best enemies, comix sketches and a lot of blue.
Rated 02 Jan 2007
32
13th
Imensidão azul estreava há 35 anos na França. BORING. Olha, eu já não gosto do Besson, mas me fazer ver essa pataquada de três horas foi longe demais. O único momento que me interessou foi a reunião After Hours da Rosanna Arquette e Griffin Dunne. RARBG.
Rated 05 Jan 2011
65
60th
the ending stayed with me
Rated 15 Dec 2010
45
19th
This was a really weird experience... The plot was almost non-existing and the character were all unrelatable and not very well played. But the setting and the overall feeling of the movie does somewhat make up for some of it. Could have been a truly great movie.
Rated 02 Jun 2010
6
52nd
Reno puts in a solid performance where good performances were a bit lackluster. At nearly three hours, it seems to not have enough substance to fill that void. Cut the running time, make the girl less idiotic and increase the rivalry/drama between divers and you would of had a better movie. Decent.
Rated 30 May 2010
95
87th
Watch the Director's Cut. This movie imparts a feeling of peace, love and respect for nature. There's more to it than meets the eye, give the quirkiness of the film a chance, and you will be rewarded. You'll laugh, cry, love.
Rated 13 Mar 2010
70
38th
The actors are bad, the music is really bad. It has aesthetics that look like a porno at times. But you can still have some fun watching this movie.
Rated 09 Jan 2010
33
42nd
Fransk og tildels gaab mellem de smukke billeder
Rated 24 Oct 2009
70
83rd
"The Big Blue" isn't for everyone. Director's cut that I watched is almost 3 hours long, there is certain level of cheesiness, and the sentimentality is almost as wide as the oceans that are portrayed. But I enjoyed almost every minute of it. Acting and characters are very interesting, photography is worthy of the best nature documentaries, soundtrack is brilliant, and the story of love triangle between man, woman and the sea is pretty fresh. Oceans are beautiful.
Rated 09 Oct 2008
94
98th
Sensitive, balanced storytelling with very nice photo. I smile when i think of Jean Reno's Enzo and his little red car. B.t.w. ...how do you think it ends? Make sure you read the credits at the end of the film and you may see it differently.
Rated 26 Apr 2008
90
91st
Some will probably dislike Bessons' sentimentality, but it works just fine in this beautiful film filled with a certain kind of melancholia. A tender film with a compassionate relationship to its characters.
Rated 15 Aug 2007
70
36th
I've only seen the movie once, when I was about 15 or so. I remember liking it overall, but the only thing I remember about the movie is the part where The Professional punches the windshield out of that tiny car. That was awesome.
Rated 16 Mar 2007
70
66th
A decent effort by Besson. I think this movie probably would've gone over a lot better with me if I had watched the theatrical version and not the director's cut. Many scenes seemed useless. Not to mention Rosanna Arquette's character is quite possibly the stupidest, most annoying worthless character in any movie I have ever watched. There was not nearly enough footage to warrant a near 3 hour movie, even for the directors cut. Thankfully Jean Reno is fucking AWESOME.

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