It’s been an interesting year in film. From powerhouse performances [James Franco in 127 Hours; Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone] to terrific ensemble pieces [Scott Pilgrim vs. The World]; from unexpectedly great remakes/re-imaginings [Let Me In, True Grit] to spectacular animated features [Toy Story 3, Megamind] there has been no shortage of entertaining films.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet is best known for the luminous Amelie – and the darkly comic Delicatessen – but they’re not the only fine films he’s made. His latest effort, Micmacs, is both a revenge flick and a caper movie. In this case, both revolve around the unfortunate Bazil [Dany Boone] – whose father is killed by a landmine while on assignment to the Moroccan desert to find and defuse them – and who winds up with a bullet in his brain as the result of a freak accident during a drive-by shooting.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet has already made his mark on the greater North American consciousness with the rapidly-coming-considered-a-classic, Amelie. If not for budgetary concerns, he might have repeated the feat with The Life of Pi, a film about a boy and tiger stranded in a lifeboat.
Since that never came to pass, Jeunet has taken the tale of a man named Bazil [Dany Boone] who has suffered at the hands of weapons makers – first, a piece of shrapnel from a mine in the desert makes him an orphan; second, a stray bullet has lodged in his brain – and thrown every fibre of his being into it. The result, judging from the trailer and several stills, is a caper flick unlike anything anyone has ever seen before.
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