It's like a cartoon come to life. The visuals are nothing short of stunning; they burst with color and life and the framing and camera work is always inspired. I love the world that was created. The downfall is that the story, while it is emotional and has moments of great beauty, never really hooked me in completely. It felt like it was secondary to the visuals. Overall, though, a thoroughly enjoyable film.
I wanted to cut this film up into small bite sized bits and eat them for months. Every frame is sumptuously detailed with breathtaking visuals. This was my introduction to Ron Perlman having not seen Beauty and the Beast. Judith Vittet turns in one of the best child performances I've ever seen.
This is the style of film I am most captivated by - over-the-top dystopian fantasy and "how the fuck did they do that?" set design. While there are other Caro/Jeunet films that rank higher for me, I don't know if a whole lot could go wrong with Marc Caro visuals, Angelo Badalamenti doing the score, and Jean Paul Gaultier doing the costume design. Awesome crew.
As a story it hangs together very sloppily, but luckily some of the performances and most of the camerawork is interesting enough to keep it compelling throughout. Highly flawed but still worth watching for novelty's sake.
Expensive-looking demo reel of '90s CGI, hell-bent to out-pomp Terry Gilliam. The narrative tries to thematize its own lack of soul through an assortment of dark comicbook tropes, with no payoff. Unsavoury hints of paedophilia and signs of child mistreatment during production make it a real stinker.
A surrealistic action adventure film featuring mind-controlling fleas, deformed women and a steampunk aesthetic. Judith Vittet is adorable as Miette, and the on-screen dynamic between her and Ron Pearlman's character One is possibly the film's biggest draw. Not a masterpiece, but certainly worth a watch. A great showcase for the tenacity of children (and for the antics of Dominique Pinon and Jean-Claude Dreyfus)
Caro & Jeunet offrono un film ambizioso, con grandissimi pregi, ma anche grosse pecche. Il soggetto di base è interessante, ma purtroppo sia la trama che la sceneggiatura presentano un paio di buchi, a parer mio tranquillamente evitabili. Il film si salva grazie a delle buone performance recitative, specialmente da parte di Perlman, oltre che a delle scene visivamente godibili e sorprendenti. Vale il vostro tempo.
I'm starting to get fucking annoyed by Jeunet's overuse of the fish eye lens. Not only that, the quirkiness of his films feel kind of juvenile. A fairy tale for adults? Maybe, but a fairy tale that drags way too much in the middle and has annoying characters (ok, Perlman is excused, and maybe the girl, because she's the least annoying child actress I've encountered so far).