FILM: Micmacs


(Sony Pictures Classics)

French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) brings us Micmacs (with English subtitles). In this comic adventure, lead Actor Danny Boom plays the unlucky Bazil who has a bullet in his brain and a chip on his shoulder. His injury is owed to a stray bullet, and the loss of his father was on account of a landmine explosion. He’s down on his luck, but things pick up for him when he meets a vibrant flock of folks who take him in and ultimately join him in his pursuit of justice.

His new family members are uniquely qualified to help him in his quest for revenge against the arms dealers who he believes are responsible for all of his uncanny strife. Reminiscent of the characters in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, this ragtag crew has quirky skills that aid them in their fantastical scheme.

Beautifully created scenes requiring no context flip by quickly like the slides in a View-Master. These individual vignettes in the film are witty, quick and fun to watch develop.  Intricate and engaging, the visual cinematography is nothing to balk at. The storyline itself, however, is a bit convoluted. It’s easy to get lost in the details, and the static characters do little to earn your sympathy or disdain. Micmacs is fun for a little something different on a Sunday afternoon, but probably not the most stirring thing you’ll see in the upcoming weeks.

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