There's just so much going on here visually. The greens and reds are incredibly rich, and I love the scenes in the subway. If this film makes people interested in French cinema, so be it. There are countless examples of mediocre films from France in the same way we think of the many poorly made Hollywood productions in the United States. Amélie rises above the ranks of throw away genre pulp.
Cute movie with a lot of style and swagger. Reminds me of the sorts of zany, fairy-tale love stories I've enjoyed coming out of Southeast Asia. I'm a big fan of the genre, however, I appreciate it when relationships have a little more substance than is portrayed here. It's a pleasant diversion, like a photobooth picture, but not something that will keep me coming back.
Chalk it up to me being a similarly lovelorn 23 year old introvert, but this movie just charmed my pants off! In a way it hadn't when I was in high school. It's interesting to me to think on this film and the influence it's had on an entire strain of American art.
"I don't watch many movies, but I love Amelie because it makes me feel good and it looks cool." "YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO THINK THAT, BECAUSE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN EVERY FRENCH MOVIE EVER MADE, YOU SHOULD WATCH SOMETHING BY JACQUES RIVETTE INSTEAD." Anyway, I watched this as a teen and loved it but assumed on revisit it'd be mega-twee. Surprised to find the bold notes of melancholy. And of course, visually, it's an orgasm.
An ode to dreamers. Add 5 more stars and we're close to a deserved rating. You ever see a film that makes you want to check up the director's previous work? The writers, actors? Amelie did that to me. Let the visuals and unique characteristics give you the best dreams usually only hopeless romantics get.
Although this film is twee as fuck and resulted in god knows how many braindead hipster girls I went to high school/college with who aped Tautou's style in this flick, it's still imo a landmark film. Nothing had really been made like it before, and not really since (well, that was successful in exploring similar avenues). The plot is cliched in parts, but the cinematography, use of color, etc gets me every time.
flawless execution throughout and a delightfully evident love of storytelling in every scene. the screenplay i think wanders off the rails a bit in the last half hour or so and as a result the film doesn't end with the power it could have. it also feels quite dated and is almost disgustingly sweet and nostalgia-drenched. but still, a lot of fun to watch.
Feb 2016: we can derive MUBI has been sucked into a package deal with MIRAMAX: Kill Bill, Amelie, the Avaitor, Clerks, Adventureland, The Crying Game. Fine films, yet MUBI CEO Efe Cakarel was just on monocle radio defining the MUBI business as an entity selecting individual, fantastic, fine films, rejecting packages from the big players where these packages cheapened MUBI's curation....