Micmacs movie review: Avid movie-watcher and video store clerk Bazil has had his life all but ruined by weapons of war. His father was killed by a landmine in Morocco and one fateful night a stray bullet from a nearby shootout embeds itself in his skull, leaving him on the verge of instantaneous death. Losing his job and his home, Bazil wanders the streets until he meets Slammer, a pardoned convict who introduces him to a band of eccentric junkyard dealers including Calculator, a math expert and statistician, Buster, a record-holder in human cannonball feats, Tiny Pete, an artistic craftsman of automatons, and Elastic Girl, a sassy contortionist. When chance reveals to Bazil the two weapons manufacturers responsible for building the instruments of his destruction, he constructs a complex scheme for revenge that his newfound family is all too happy to help set in motion.
The buzz: More quirk from director/co-writer Jean Pierre Jeunet (“Amelie”), returning with his first film since 2004’s impressive “A Very Long Engagement.” No doubt “Micmacs” will have style. The substance isn’t a given.
The verdict: Boon’s silent comedy mannerisms make him a likable Tramp who's as charming as some of Jeunet’s little details, like a collection plate extended for a mechanical performer. Shame that “Micmacs” gets so bogged down by cartoonishly exaggerated performances and a plot that’s like a mega-whimsical combo of “Ocean’s Eleven,” “The Great Muppet Caper” and “Duplicity.” The movie would be sweeter if it developed its characters instead of trying to be so cute all the time. Source: Metromix
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