A few days ago a commercial for Gucci shot by Frank Miller (The Spirit) and featuring Evan Rachel Wood and Chris Evans with a cover of Depeche Mode’s “Strangelove” by Friendly Fires (full song to the right) made the rounds and pretty much proved Miller is a one note filmmaker, all style, no substance and if it isn’t black-and-white with splashes of muted color he wasn’t interested. Admittedly, it’s stylish stuff, but as The Spirit proved there isn’t much else to him… at least not that we’ve seen so far.
Today a commercial shot by Martin Scorsese and featuring Gaspard Ulliel (Hannibal Rising) for Chanel’s “Bleu” arrives to offer a comparison. I don’t know about you, but I get a certain 8 1/2 vibe from this one as Ulliel plays a filmmaker recalling a past love during a press conference. I love the last line and the rather in-your-face metaphor, but it’s a commercial
Of course, commercials are supposed to be stylish and eye-catching, and from that perspective Miller’s works fine, but if you were to examine these two commercials and make a judgment on which one of the directors will be going farther I would suspect most of us will come up with the same answer.
Thanks to The Playlist for the heads up.