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Micmacs – review

Micmacs – viewed 6/16/10


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“Micmacs” is the story of a man with very bad luck. The film opens with his father being killed by a land-mine during an excavating expedition. The film then fast forwards to the young man working in a video story. As he watches an old film he hears tires screeching and gun shots being fired. He looks out the front window, and as he witnesses a car chase, he is accidentally shot in the head by a stray bullet. He wakes up in the hospital some time later. He soon realizes the bullet will always be lodged in his head, he has since lost his job, and also his home. He soon meets a group of sewer dwellers, tells them his story, and gets them to agree to exact revenge on whoever shot him, or more importantly on two weapons manufacturers that happen to be across the street from each other.

This is Jean Pierre Jeunet’s first film since 2004’s beautiful “A Very Long Engagement” Jeunet is know for his beautiful visual style, his lovably dysfunctional characters, and his warm-hearted story telling style. I’m not sure what happened with this film, but none of these exist.

The film is filled with characters who want to get revenge. They have no redeemable qualities about them, and their actions are born out of hate. I could have cared less about every single character to grace the screen, and it is such a shame, because Jeunet’s films are known for such quirky loving characters. “Amelie” was filled with all of these well imagined beautiful characters. What happened to characters like this?

Jeunet attempts to have his main character hint at the great films of the silent era, and channel such greats as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Jacques Tati. Instead of paying homage to these great actors and their performances, we get nothing but hints at a great era in filmmaking passed off as cheap rip-offs. What Jeunet forgot is that the films of that era were so playful and invigorating, and none of that is present in his new film.

Jeunet still knows how to make a film, and the hallmarks of his filmmaking style are present, but it is almost unforgivable to have such great talents and then create a film as spiteful as this.

Grade: F