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Micmacs [Blu-ray]
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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
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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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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`Micmacs' is a quirky and yet strangely beautiful French film.

Following a group of homeless people with a variety of unusual skills, we see them plan and carry out their own unique brand of revenge on a pair of arms manufacturers with often hilarious results.

As others have mentioned this film is shot with soft light and it is also infused with a certain sense of humour. I love the little touches like when a car drives by the exact same scene was portrayed on a billboard above them as an advert. Small and silly, but it shows the attention to detail.

The plot is relatively simple, but completely engaging and everyone acts their roles very well. It does feel VERY French at times and if you enjoy French film then this should be right up your street.

This has quite a gentle pace to it and I found it enjoyable enough and whilst it isn't as amazing as some 5 star reviews make out, it isn't nearly as dire as others have said either. It is a stylised piece of film making, with a decent story and decent acting and made for an entertaining evenings viewing. I'd say it's at least worth a go.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2013
not at all what I expected; fast paced; good editing and a brilliant story and plot. Would recommend to anyone!
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on 14 April 2013
This movie is simply a magnificent kaleidoscope of comedy, love, a good old western shoot 'em up, and several 'silent movie' montages, that are just visually delicious and delightful.

The comedy idiosyncrasies of the lead "Bazil" (Dany Boon), are symbiotically matched by his love interest "the elastic girl" (Julie Ferrier), who I, too, also fell, helplessly, in love with.

I do want to give away any of the plot, more than you may have already read from other reviews, or even watched the trailer, because you just have to press "buy"...you will definitely not regret it.

This movie has become my very own little piece of magic, whenever I get others to watch it.

Their reaction is magical.

Superb movie.

Merci to:

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet.
Producer: Frédéric Brillion & Gilles Legrand.
Written by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Guillaume Laurent.
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on 23 October 2012
I got this because I vaguely remembered the reviews in the paper when it came out, and it was only a quid or so used when Amazon touted it. As others have said, it's a strange comedy stuffed with bizarre underworld dwellers who combine to help the "hero", a video store minder rendered homeless by being accidentally shot in the head, to gain revenge on two arms companies: one of them manufactured the bullet which caused the problem and the other made the mine which had killed his dad long before. The tactic is to set the companies against each other, and the methods and characters are straight out of Terry Gilliam - bonkers. The detail is terrific, the colours rich, and the whole thing is a lot of fun. Well worth checking out, especially if you like French film.
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on 25 April 2013
I caught the very end of this film when it was shown on TV and was sufficiently taken aback by its visual qualities that I investigated further. The online synopsis is spot on and I bought it straight away and watched it as soon as it arrived. Visually it is stunning, the story is a simple one of revenge , but well told. The characterisation is totally unforgettable and the description of it as being a "live action Wallace and Gromit" is spot on. The film reminds me of the Bill Forsyth films - and the Aardman productions for that matter - in the sense that you can watch them over and over and pick up on something different each time.

Suffice to say that MicMacs has shot straight into my top five favourite films.
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Yes, these have already been used to describe this film, so I make no apologies for being unoriginal!
I watch this film over and over and over again and always find something new that I have missed.
The humour works on so many different levels, whether it's slapstick or surreal (look out for the advertising hoardings)
The scenarios may appear far-fetched, but much of it is 'there but for the grace of God go I'.
A classic to rank with the Ealing comedies
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