Published on March 22nd, 2010 | by Lottie3
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.