Like in his other works Jeunet has many crazy ideas full of fabulous visual and acoustic details, e.g. the whole world of the junkyard with its moving objects or Bazil's short mind exercises. One of my favorite scenes is Bazil's recognition of the weapon manufacturers which is not only underlined by an orchestral crescendo but also completed with an orchestra that suddenly shows up on the stairs of the building.
This works briliantly. It feels like the universe of films like Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children fighting the "real" world of war economy and Realpolitik. And winning. Jeunet is able to do something amazing. He creates fables for grown ups. We do need to believe, against all the cynism of the world. And it turns out, this is the best antydot for escapism. Dare to dream, looking at the world, like children.
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's latest is steeped in his unique offbeat style, though it never quite captures the magic of some of his other works. The plot and characters are underworked - though the colorful cast is perfectly up to the task - but it manages to stay engaging with a number of inventive set-pieces. A very enjoyable film, but not one of Jeunet's best.
Another little piece of whimsy and quirkiness by the king of the whimsical and quirky. Often recalls Delicatessen and City of Lost Children, but much funnier and lighter. Now there's just waiting for the next.
Remarkably inferior to "Delicatessen" or "La Cité des Enfants Perdus", "Micmacs" is, nonetheless, a must see. A cartoon for grown-ups which mixes in interestingly, if slightly flawed ways political themes and slapstick humor. Unique. I am stunned, however, by Mick Lasalle's "review" on the SF Chron: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/04/MVSQ1DNN8E.DTL. => Cultural imperialism in full effect.
If I could say anything positive about this film, it would be that it was cute. The political and social statements are, however, terribly inappropriate for such a cartoon-y, far-fetched film and so MICMACS falls flat on it's face.
I just saw Micmacs at SXSW, and absolutely loved it, my review is up on CriterionCast.com: