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Saturday, May 1, 2010

[8.50/10] Micmacs (2009)

Micmacs (2009)

The imagination of director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has allowed films such as "Delicatessen" and "Amelie" to resonate with audiences because of the considerable charm and visual flair with which they were skilfully made. "Micmacs" is yet another mad jumble of images and daring camera-work and again it turns out to be a film quite unlike the one you were expecting. It's a story of a lonely misfit named Bazil, who after being accidentally injured in a shoot-out, is adopted by a band of other misfits. Together, they take on a band of arms-manufacturers whose products respectively injured Bazil and killed Bazil's father, by triggering tension between them. Aside from a truly riveting series of sly, witty and purposeful acts by this band of revengers, the film is also striking in its beauty with every scene presenting an intense array of colors fusing with incredibly intricate and detailed backdrops. All actors played their characters very well, with their strange characteristics brought forward in a very believable and endearing manner. Dany Boon shines in a performance reminiscent of Charlie Chaplin. He makes his character funny, touching and sad without the aid of dialogue, relying solely on body language. He does have some dialogue, but it is kept to a minimum. Dominique Pinon is a joy to watch as always. Although we've seen him as strange characters before, he remains fresh and he delivers another great oddball performance as Fracasse. Julie Ferrier plays Caoutchouc, who is in need of love and a great deal of attention and she acts really convincing. During the course of the film she and Bazil fall in love, which is shown very subtle. This makes it a joy to watch and when they finally kiss, it is such a tender moment. "Micmacs" is refreshing, visually stunning, incredibly funny and sometimes very touching, yet still delivers a serious message about weaponry, without it getting lost in the fun and without giving you a guilty feeling about feeling happy afterwards.

  • My Rating: 8.50/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 79% (6.6/10)
  • IMDb: 7.3/10

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