A well acted film that felt like an elaborate play. The performances were natural and a highpoint, nothing was overtly dramatized as it seemed like a snapshot in the daily lives of many of these characters. Gondry's quirky visual style was in full forces but was restrained to allow the performances to be the focus. However, his use of flash backs through the use of cellphone cameras was nice touch.
forgot how mean teens could be. those days when being bullied was chores. happy go-lucky ends always annoy me tho. however I did like all the different personalities: the prophet guy, the cute clueless kid (which dies) the 'could not care less' bunch, etc. In the end I realized teens have all a bit of all those characters in them. we're all like that.. we all harbour vicious cunt in us we just choose to forget that.
A great idea in theory and no easy task to pull off I found myself just wanting to get up and get off the bus. It's not without a few lovely moments of interaction and minor revelation but altogether it just felt too contrived. 2 stars
The first part of the movie presents us with essentially comic situations that represent common humilliations that teenagers inflict upon themselves. While they may seem inconsequent to the viewer, they are true, because teenagers are inconsequent. Yet, as the movie reaches a close, it becomes more serious and heavy. The ending is very moralist and just ruins the lightness of the first act. A good idea turns to shit.
Despite a few fabulous moments, I got a bit bored, especially during the first part of the film. The fooleries from the rear seats bullies seemed a bit exaggerated. It's nevertheless a great concept. All characters felt genuine, and necessary. The bizarre constructions in papier-mâché and bits of string from Gondry's univers, which appear by parsimony in the story perfectly fits to the post-kid-not-yet-teen context.