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Micmacs à tire-larigot, 2009 – Movie Review: Glasgow Film Festival

Posted by LiveFor on February 21, 2010


Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon
Released: 26th February 2010

This review by Richard Bodsworth.

The sixth annual Glasgow Film Festival opened last night with the European premiere of Jean Pierre Jeunets Micmacs.

Jeunet himself was in attendance and was in comical form during the brief question and answer session following the film.

The film itself however was not as magical as the director’s previous outings. Jeunet conceded that the film was thrown together quickly after he spent almost two years in pre production for a film adaptation of novel, Life of Pi. Budget restrictions put a halt to that and he quickly jumped in to Micmacs.

Video store worker Bazil (Dany Boon) is struck in the head by a stray bullet which has to stay lodged in his brain. After finding the company the bullet was made by, he teams up with a group of misfits to take revenge on the arms dealers that shot him.

Jeunets attempt to mix slapstick humor with an arms dealing plot doesn’t work, the story itself a rather messy affair which leaves you wondering what on earth is going on and do you really care.

French comedian Danny Boon has enough charisma and comic timing to pull the role of Bazil off, and Jeunet regular Dominique Pinon is fantastic as always. The characters themselves are under boiled, offering little to nothing in except a few laughs which in their own right are rather weak. Do people really want to see a modern day film with old slapstick humor? As expected the film is visually impressive, a golden tint blankets the expertly framed shots and this is the films saving grace.

Jeunet is no doubt an excellent director, perhaps one of the best, but this is by no means his best work. A quick stop gap before his next project perhaps, not unlike the Coens Burn After Reading. With his trademark visual style and a few chuckles this may be a good Sunday watch, but will no doubt become a forgettable mark on a sterling filmography.

3/5 – A tough one to call, but the visual style of Jeunet manages to pull the film up from two stars.

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