The Review at a Glance: ( max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Sony Pictures Classics - 2009
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 104 minutes
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): French (PAR) DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH
Starring: Danny Boon, Andre Dussollier, Omar Sy, Dominique Pinion, Jillie Ferrier
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Music by: Raphael Beau
Written by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Guillaume Laurant
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: December 14, 2010
First it was a mine that exploded in the middle of the Moroccan desert. Years later, it was a stray bullet that lodged in his brain... Bazil doesn't have much luck with weapons. The first made him an orphan, the second holds him on the brink of sudden, instant death. Released from the hospital after his accident, Bazil is homeless. Luckily, our inspired and gentle-natured dreamer is quickly taken in by a motley crew of junkyard dealers living in a veritable Ali Baba's cave. The group‟s talents and aspirations are as surprising as they are diverse. With their help he sets out on a mission of revenge, with the help of his faithful gang of wacky friends.
The first thing I did once 'Micmacs' finished was google what it meant. Nowhere in the movie did a see or hear (OK it's in French with English subtitles, and I hardly speak English, let alone French) the word 'Micmacs', so I was really curious to its definition. Besides learning that Micmac are Native Canadian people inhabiting Nova Scotia, I found that Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet said that its french title 'Micmacs Ã* tire-larigot', would roughly mean "Non-stop shenanigans" in English. In retrospect it's a perfect title.
French Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is very stylistic to say the least, and the look/feel of this film is akin to his early cult favorites, The City of Lost Children and Delicatessen. He had his chance at big budget Hollywood with the less than stellar Alien Resurrection and hit it out of the park with acclaimed film, AmÃ©lie.
With 'Micmacs', Jean-Pierre Jeunet sucks us into the fantastical world or Bazil (Danny Boon) the video store clerk. While working, Bazil hears gunfire outside the store; he investigates and gets caught in the crossfire. He is left with a bullet lodged in his brain, forever on the brink of death, loses his job and ends up homeless.
Well Bazil keeps his head up and grifts his way to a band of unlikely characters who live in a junkyard. The crew consists of a human cannonball, a contortionist, a mathematical genius and a few other oddball yet charming characters. The crew ends up working on a insane plot that is motivated by revenge, utilizing their creative tools to pit two rival arms manufactures against one another..
It was almost overly stylized, but it was fresh and always kept me on my toes. 'Micmacs' felt like, do I dare to say... slightly Terry Gilliam-esque meets (My favorite movie) 'The Sting'. There is quite a bit going on plot-wise, and things do get bogged down in the middle, but eventually spring back to life for the final act. I don't want to go into too much detail on the plot as a lot of my enjoyment came from having no idea what I was getting into...Go for it, it sure is a fun flick with some action, laughs and a big heart.
Rated R for sexuality, brief nudity, and language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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'Micmacs' colors are off. Intentionally off. A golden hue covers every frame and skin-tones look like they were spray-tanned with orange rinds. But its OK, because director Jean-Pierre Jeunet did it intentionally and it fits the weird world he has created here. Besides that qualm, it's gorgeous. Sharp and detailed, at times there was an extra dimensional separation between with forefront and background images. Black level and shadow detail were superb and I noticed no artificial processing as there was a light veil of grain peeking its head through. The sound design was fun, dynamic and boisterous. It really was an entity in and of itself. The world of 'Micmacs' sound-scape is all encompassing, filling the room with ambiance and effects throughout the film. The films artillery fires with aplomb, delivering some nice dynamics to the already superb soundtrack. Another highly recommended release from Sony.
To those with Constant Height set-ups: Subtitles appear within the video image.
- Commentary with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
- (HD) The Making of Micmacs
- (HD) Q & A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Actress Julie Ferrier
- (HD) Animations: Absurd Deaths
- (HD) Theatrical Trailer
- (HD) Trailers: Animal Kingdom, Lebanon, Please Give, I Get Low, Mother and Child, A Woman A Gun and A Noodle Soup, Inside job, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Tamara Drewe, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger
- BD Live enabled
Don't get me wrong here, 'Micmacs' is a weird movie, but I'm a weird guy and I dug it. If you love fantastical characters in a strange world that looks and feel just like ours, you will enjoy this screwball caper. The movie has heart, a moral and some messages against big busniess, and pro-environment. None of it is preachy and as quirky as it is, 'Micmacs' world feels strangely comfortable. An off tinge but noteworthy video presentation coupled with a unique and aggressive sound design makes it all the more interesting. This comes recommended, however, it is not for vanilla mainstream moviegoers, but those with an open-mind will be rewarded. Be warned, it is in French with English subtitles.
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