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Published on March 22nd, 2010 | by Lottie


Micmacs: A Review

I have never before seen a Jean-Pierre Jeunet film but please, save your looks of admonishment becuase I have seen the error of my ways and I am willing to learn. I started with the new release Micmacs and now, I am in love at first sight.

Micmacs is a revenge comedy drama about Bazil (Danny Boon) who, in the wrong place at the wrong time ends up with being shot in the head by a stray bullet.

Having miraculously survived the shooting Bazil’s life quickly disintegrates. He looses his job, his home and ends up taking refuge  with a gang of homeless misfits living in a scrapyard. It is then that Bazil is presented with an opportunity to wreak revenge on the weapons manufacturers responsible for making the bullet in his brain and the landmine that killed his father years before.

Boon is genuinely hypnotising – drawing you in not with dialogue but rather with physical comedy  and expression worthy of Chaplin and visually the film is stunning, possibly what a live action 9 (produced by  Tim Burton) might look like. The plan itself is insane as it is brilliant and the set plays as important a character as any of the wonderfully quirky acting parts in the movie.

As a story, the beginning and end of the movie are absoloutely perfect. The plan gets a bit exagurated and tangled somewher in the middle but this is very easily fogiven between giggles.

Micmacs is a total gem of a film. It’s like a treat for the eyes as well as being funny, clever and memorable.

In French, with subtitles.

On  release at present.

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3 Responses to Micmacs: A Review

  1. Stan says:

    Thanks for the heads up. I gave Jeunet’s last film a miss, but I’ll happily recommend Delicatessen, City of Lost Children, and Amélie to just about anybody. If I had to pick one of these, Delicatessen would get the nod.

    Even Alien Resurrection has its charms, though it’s a very different kind of film to the others in the franchise.

  2. Efa says:

    I really enjoyed this! I’d highly recommend it!

  3. Sharon says:

    Went to this last night. After only being able to find it on in the ifi at the time. Does this mean it’s nearly gone for good? There’s a few I’d recommend this to straight away if that’s so! It was so sweet. Filled with marvellous mechanicals and gentle humour, I kept thinking the Wobbles are grown up and living in France. 🙂

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