Wednesday, December 29, 2010

MICMACS (2009)

From the creator of DELICATESSEN and THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN comes a version of YOJIMBO if it was made by, uhhh...well, the creator of DELICATESSEN and THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN with a little bit of Buster Keaton/Charlie Chaplin thrown in.

Bazil is a video store worker shot in the head by a stray bullet. He looses his job and his brain is a little scrambled, so he becomes homeless and soon taken in by a "family" in a junkyard. Each member has a different unique semi-superpower. Together they gang up and attack the manufacture of the bullet that hit Bazil in the brain and their rival, a different company that made the landmine that killed Bazil's father. Their plan of attack: pit the two rivals against each other.

Enjoyable film and all of the wacky little inventions made of junk and the bizarre movie making techniques that you've come to expect from Jean-Pierre Jeunet are all here and very entertaining. The story though, was pretty weak and there was no tension. I never had a doubt in my mind that everything wouldn't turn out perfect. All the thousands of pieces of the puzzle would all come together perfectly no matter what. And they do. The time watching the movie flew by and I had fun, but I wish the story had been a little more substantial. Worth watching at least once.