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on 23 May 2010
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is, by far, my favourite French director and Micmacs shows the man has lost none of his talent when it comes to making visually stunning features. Micmacs has all the bizarre moments that made Delicatessen such a wonderfully insane piece of art blended in with the visual techiques shown in City Of Lost Children and the rich colours that were abundant in Amelie. If you have enjoyed any, or all, of these said movies then try to imagine Micmacs as being a combination of all Jeunet's previous work taken to the next level. The acting is first class and the pacing is nothing short of perfection. The story follows the unfortunate character Bazil, who has been hospitalized after being hit by a stray bullet and upon his release finds himself without a job and homeless to boot. He soon meets up with a bunch of misfits who join his quest intent on bringing down arms dealers, which in turn, leads to some outrageous visual humour made all the more spectacular by Jeunet's excellent use of the camera. Not wanting to give too much away as this is one of those flicks that has to be seen to fully appreciate what's on offer, but needless to say, this latest offering from Jeunet is packed to the rafters with comic genius and richly coated with vibrant colour schemes in each scene; calling it a comedy masterpiece just doesn't quite do it the justice it deserves. Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys French cinema, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, strange visceral comedies or, simply enjoy being blown away by outstanding originality.
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Amelie and City Of Lost Children belong to those films that, although, you find strange when you sit through them for the very first time, they stay with you forever. I find the director (Jean-Pierre Jeunet) to be Europe's answer to David Lynch - only a tad heavier on the regressive images and lighter on the subconscious horrors. So when he had another film out, I was not going to miss it. And, once more, I was glad I did.

A bunch of eccentrics (each with his or hers own quirky character and unusual personal history) come together by life's caprice and end up undertaking an impossible task: try to take down the two largest arms manufacturers in the country. Ingenious ideas, impossible retro gadgets (handmade from salvaged materials), and an unwavering sense of justice. No sacrifice is too big if it means making the villains pay for their crimes.

The colors are soft and comforting; the imagery is mesmerizing; the music will take you back to a more naive age; and the story will make you laugh, cry and laugh again. All in all, great entertainment!

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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The plot of Micmacs is very daft indeed, yet executed with such care and ingenuity that it is both clever and funny. The French have a grasp on whimsy that we don't often see in British films. Wallace & Grommit may be an example, but other humour (like Mr Bean) tends towards the comedy of embarassment. This film is as if Amelie has captured the Bourne franchise, at times it would only have taken the Mission Impossible theme to change direction. This is a funny, ingenious and charming film.

But, if ultra-realism is your taste you might want to give it a miss.
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on 26 August 2014
This for me is the ultimate Jeunet film. It combines the charm of Amelie with the dark humour and downright weirdness of Delicatessan. Perfect.
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on 15 December 2010
If you've seen any of Jeunet's work before, you'll know what to expect, and this film is one of his best so far - a must see.

If you're new to the Jeunet style, prepared to be amused, amazed and astounded.

Starting with an unlikely set of circumstances, but the sort of events that happen everyday to someone, somewhere out there, every day, the film starts to introduce a clever, witty, intelligent story that is at once engaging and weird. A man with a bullet in his head, meets a woman with a very flexible attitude to life, who stays with an artist who works with automatons, looked after by a woman who likes to mother everybody. Every character is slightly odd, but very believable, a misfit in society, and each is very well drawn by the writers and brought to life by the actors.

Together, these characters set out to wreak revenge on two arms dealers who have ruined one man's life. Do they succeed? Of course they do, but you'll never guess how they go about it.

This film is at one realistic and surrealistic, but you'll be hard put deciding what's surreal and what isn't.

Full of charm, wit, intelligence, subtlety and nuance, this film entertains from start to finish. It's saddening and uplifting, slick and clumsy, far-fetched and down to earth, all at the same time.

If you're looking for something to counteract the bland pap of Hollywood, Micmacs delivers two hours of pure pleasur that show what films can and should be at their best.

See this film as soon as possible!
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on 11 July 2010
From the outset I had high hopes for Jean-Pierre Jeunet's long awaited return to the screen, and he didn't disappoint. I'm a massive fan of the French director, his quirky storytelling and visual style have always been a favourite of mine and this certainly lives up to his previous films. Micmacs goes backwards in direction to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's earlier films. There is much more evidence of 'Delicatessen' rather than 'Amelie' and 'A Very Long Engagement' but he has definitely been influenced from the latter to create a more mass appealing film for which Micmacs, has in turn, benefited. It's not dialogue heavy, instead it works more to the traits of the unique characters in order to tell the story.

It's a great, fun viewing with a brilliant set of quirky characters. The film could be viewed by the whole family and is a great introduction for people not always so keen to watch French cinema!
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on 22 March 2016
When you think of revenge movies you generally picture a guy with a gun taking a swift and direct action against everyone who has ever wronged him. Guns are a theme here but not because our lead character, Bazil, uses one to fight injustice but because two prominent French arms dealers are responsible for his predicament. Bazil's father was killed by a landmine and Bazil himself is unwittingly shot by a stray bullet during a drive by shooting. Though he survives, the bullet remains in his brain causing him regular discomfort and meaning that he might die at any moment. This adds an underlying tension to the fairly subtle story as Bazil, out of work with nowhere to live, finds comfort with a group of fascinating sideshow style vagabonds who eventually become his allies in his battle against the greed, murder and manipulation of powerful arms dealers.

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 colours fusing with incredibly intricate and detailed backdrops. These prevail particularly with the 'sideshow' who recycle scrap in to wonderful creations fresh from a fifties cartoon short. At one point Bazil sees a segment of an old cartoon where a character shoots another in the head. This depicts the correlation between the real world here and an animated fantasy-land with the epic and extremely clever revenge plan played out in much the same way that Sylvester chases Tweetie Pie or Wyle E.Coyote stalks Road Runner.

The films only fault is that sometimes is all almost too imaginative, barely allowing the mind to recollect what has happened before twenty or so other things occur, each steeped in a tranquil haze teasing the viewer's eyes like a mirrored tunnel encompassing a silent disco. Wonderfully indulgent movie, a treat for the eyes, ears, nose and mind.
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on 4 January 2011
Bought this for my partner for Christmas as she is a big Jean-Pierre Jeunet fan and even I surprised myself by enjoying his previous films. This one has the typical offbeat wackiness you would expect, visually it is stunning, the colours and vibrancy really jump of the screen. This film is less obtuse than some of his previous efforts and is a straightforward revenge romp, whereby the main character suffers twice at the hands of an arms dealer and clubs together with a salvage team to sabotage the company.

The best summary I can offer is that of the cover quote which describes the film as a "live-action Wallace & Gromit !". Basically, if you are fan of JPJ then you should buy this film, it ranks with all his previous efforts and is only surpassed by the majestic Amelie.
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on 16 November 2011
If you enjoyed films as "Amalie" and "Delicatessen" then you'll also enjoy Jean-Pierre Jeunet's latest adventure MicMacs, which is in the absolute same, almost surrealistic style, although the story is kept more simple.
This film have the same kind of genius concept. All I can say is that we are blessed with an out of the ordinary intelligent humour/storyline and visual depth. And the actual story - well, imagine if it really was possible to ridicule the bad and irresponsible arms-dealers of this world and likewise a corrupt president, in the most subtle way possible (if you have seen "Amalie" then think of how Amalie ridiculed the mean greengrocer) - then you kind of have the direction.

The film leaves you with this rare sensation that it is actually ridiculous that we have arms manufacturers, who have taken upon the responsibility and therefore made it their trade to supply our world with destructive weapons, arms and machinery, which in the most shrewd way can eliminate and destroy, not just the human race but also the environment... well here we have all this shrewdness turned in the opposite direction, to prevent this madness and teach the "bad guys" a lesson - not in any really harmful way (except for their own internal doings), but to ridicule them and against all odds, succeed - yes it's just a dream, but it is not a bad one. Jean-Pierre Jeunet's art concept is really unique and out of this world.
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on 23 January 2012
Jean-Pierre Jeunet has long been a director to watch, the facades to his films may look sweet, but more often than not they hide a dark message. This is certainly the case with `MicMacs', which can be seen as a light-hearted romp about a group of eccentrics who live in a scrap yard, or as a film that attacks big business and weapons manufacturing. For all the moments of tweeness, `MicMacs' is certainly a film for adults, as it a little rude in places and has some moments of light violence.

By mixing what people to consider childish elements i.e. bright colours and funny characters, with adult themes, `MicMacs' will be a film that some people are bound to struggle with. Is it meant to be funny? Why does it keep jumping from bizarre Gilliamesque moments to a Willy Wonka style depiction of arms being used in a war? Personally, I feel it is the juxtaposition between the light and the dark that makes the film so interesting to watch. Jeunet is a director who will always produce something visually interesting, but with a story about arms races `MicMacs' had more to hold my attention than the love story of `Amelie'.

With such a great visual style `MicMacs' is a film that benefits from the high definition of BluRay as you can see more of the detail and enjoy the pop of the colours. The film is French, so is subtitled; I always find that the subtitles on a BluRay are slightly clearer to see than the DVD version. Included on the disc, along with the film, is an interesting making of documentary.
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