19 Jul

Title: Micmacs
Year: 2010
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Writers: Jean-Pierrte Jeunet and Guillaume Laurent
Starring: Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon, Francois Berléand, Albert Dupontel
MPAA Rating: R, some sexuality and brief violence
Runtime: 105 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 7.3
Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the most inventive minds contemporary cinema has, and while his latest, Micmacs, isn’t better than the masterpiece Amélie was, it’s still a remarkable little film that will be loved by his fans, and I’m one of those fans, I actually discovered Jeunet with Amélie and then had to work my way backwards through Alien: Resurrection to the bizarre The City of Lost Children and the unforgettable Delicatessen, and then saw A Very Long Engagement when it came out nearly six years ago, and this is another example of just how amazingly inventive this guy can be, although Micmacs is, and I can’t believe I’m saying this, perhaps just a bit too inventive, and I don’t say that in a bad way, because visually this film is pretty damn spectacular, but the energy and imagination put in the visuals draws away from the story too much to make this film succeed as Amélie did.

I won’t describe the plot, that would take away half the fun of seeing this film and being amazed at every turn it took, let’s just say that it’s about a guy who has a bullet in his forehead, how that came to be and what happens then after is for you to watch this film and revel in the discovery, but it’s a thrilling ride to tag along for, seriously, the characters are so amazing, their story is so unbelievable, and it has Jeunet’s genius touch all over it, it seriously is as whimsical as anything and everything he’s done in the past, and has so much attention in its details it’s impossible not to love it for that.

But, as I said before, this is a great example of the too-much-of-a-good-thing motto, there is too much imagination to really let the story come to the foreground, as though Jeunet got distracted by his own genius details and imagination and forgot about the story he was trying to tell because he was too concentrated on how to tell it, but one can forgive him for that, because this is still a joy to look at and, even if we have to wait 6 years again, we’ll be sincerely anticipating whatever he decides to do next.

Grade: B+


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