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Empire Admin -> Micmacs (15/2/2010 1:07:36 PM)

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odddaze -> (15/2/2010 1:07:37 PM)

I loved it, that's my review, that's right... I suck.

odddaze -> (15/2/2010 1:08:02 PM)

I loved it, that's my review, that's right... I suck.

stuffit -> I loved it too! (20/2/2010 1:20:09 AM)


danclay77 -> Boony Marvellous (23/2/2010 12:45:57 PM)

Loved it! Funny film and a really enjoyable watch!

JamesMalcolm -> Awesome! (minor spoilers) (24/2/2010 1:01:09 PM)

Saw this film at the Glasgow Film Fest and was amazed at how good it was. I love how Jeunet used posters of the film within the film. Jeunet continues his tradition of keeping to the stereotypes of french people in movies to make the world seem unreal yet charming.

R W -> RE: Micmacs (27/2/2010 8:02:22 PM)

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Screenwriters: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant
Starring: Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon, Andre Dussollier, Nicolas Marie, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Julie Ferrier, Yolande Moreau

After surviving a bullet in the head, Bazil (Boon) an ex-videostore clerk joins a group of misfits to come up with an intricate and original plan to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

After working many years on adapting Yann Martelís fantasy adventure Life of Pi (which is still in development hell), Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns to his home country as he has come up with a French comedy that clearly blends with the espionage of Mission Impossible.

One can say that Jeunetís new flick has the oddness from his previous work, specifically Delicatessen but another can say Micmacs lacks the charm and magic of Amelie, a masterpiece so wonderful that it shows how brilliant French cinema can be and one that canít be ignored.

In terms of what the drama provides, these isnít much to say about Bazil, the protagonist with a bullet stuck in his brain, apart from the fact that his family were split apart because a mime from one weapons manufacturer and the bullet that almost killed him was from another manufacturer.

The film is also a satire towards the world arms trade as the heads of the manufacturers are classy villains in nice suits and are clearly portrayed as the evil that flows through the earth, and yet this subject is not as detailed as it should have been. So thatís the premise and once he is introduced to the Micmacs one by one, the film quickly moves on to the espionage.

While the script is not as imaginative as it wants to be (best described as loopy), Jeunet as a director is great at making France a fairytale environment with strong visuals. Also, he seems to return the physical mechanics of the films he co-directed with Marc Caro as the Micmacs basically make gadgets through salvaged gear. Finally, he knows how comedy works through moments of slapstick and oddball characterisation.

Despite being a popular name to French audiences as both comedian and actor on stage and screen, Dany Boon is not a name we are familiar with here but after seeing this performance, I want to see more of him as he is so funny for strong moments of slapstick as he occasionally hallucinates so slaps his forehead. Out of all the Micmacs, the one who stands out is Dominique Pinon who has frequently starred in Jeunetís films and in this he is still displaying a sign of wildness as he is playing a human cannonball.

Not the most ambitious film by Jeunet the auteur, but there is enough to laugh at and be amazed by the technological aspects that Micmacs brings.

stuffit -> Go see this instead of Alice in Wonderland (8/3/2010 12:11:31 AM)

So much more visually entertaining.


Soprano168 -> Micmacs (13/5/2010 8:23:28 PM)

Micmacs is funny, stylish and a true orginal but it might prove a little to quirky for some tastes.

reminn -> (3/11/2010 12:02:12 PM)


transbluent -> (15/6/2012 9:34:34 PM)

This film was incredible, I went in unenthusiastically and was very pleasantly surprised. Very highly recomended

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