Monday, August 29, 2011

Micmacs à tire-larigot

Great movie.  I was, of course, predisposed to like this one, knowing that this was from the same director as Amelie, one of my all-time favorites.  But Micmacs stands all on its own for its creativity, memorably motley cast of characters, and a comically satisfying revenge story.
Welcome to our junkyard home!
Poor Bazil.  When he was a boy, his father was killed by a land mine and his mom went nuts, leaving him an orphan.  Years later, he's nearly killed by a stray bullet during a street fight.  By chance, he stumbles across the identities of the arms manufacturers who made the mine and the bullet, and, with the assistance of his new friends, sets out on finding some revenge on both.
Bet you can't do that!
His friends live as a sort of family under a junk heap.  A lovable collection of rejects, they put their assorted gifts together in an elaborate plan to set one arms manufacturer against the other.  Their methods and attitudes cracked me up. The whole movie is a visual treat, imaginative and full of interesting details. Anyone who likes to see the little guy win (not to give away the ending or anything) will love this one.  It's a fun show, sure to please.

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