A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family’s ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
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A strange film this one. Stylistically, many of the Jeunet trademarks are in place such as elaborate crane moves, voice over, striking colour palette, and characters suffering from one form or another of OCD; yet the transposition to the USA and English seems to have striped it of lustre. It feels like a kids movie aimed at adults that doesn't have enough to please either. 2.5 stars
A decent but strange movie and one of Jeunet´s lesser efforts. For a director that usually produces wonderous, witty and ingenious movies this one felt sad, depressing and almost devoid of any sort of "joie de vivre". The film lacked in most departments but I realize this is down to my relationship to Jeunet´s other movies, which I love (except Alien 4).
A rare misfire from Jeunet that in the end fails to tell a story worth telling. Visual flourishes aside (beautiful vistas shot across Canada) this film lacks in scripting, performance and worse of all in whimsy. Several good scenes and fine turn by lead Kyle Catlett don't make up for the frightful adult turns and the mawkishness of the finale. Seems like something was lost in adaptation here. A disappointment.
A tal viagem que Jeunet se propõe na América, talvez não seja tão extraordinária como o titulo diz,mas pelo menos é extravagante.E como toda a sua filmografia, sempre a sombra dO FABULOSO DESTINO DE AMÉLIE, o diretor funciona como de costume, impondo uma narrativa fraturada,diversas situações e digressões, personagens únicos para, enfim, narrar um dos seus contos mais dramáticos, senão as desventuras do jovem Spivet.
Not Jeunet's best...almost as if he decided to make a Wes Anderson-like kid's movie. Which isn't a bad thing but doesn't come anywhere close to his more inventive films such as Delicatessen and Amélie.