OVERVIEW: Micmacs, written and directed by Academy Award® nominee Jean-Pierre Jeunet (2002 Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen, Amélie) will be released on Blu-ray™ and DVD on December 14, 2010 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. This Sony Pictures Classics film starring Dany Boon (My Best Friend, The Valet) and André Dussollier (Wild Grass, A Very Long Engagement) will be available for an SLP of $38.96 for Blu-ray and $28.95 for DVD. Special features on both versions will include a commentary with Writer and Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, a Q & A with Jeunet and Actress Julie Ferrier, animations and a “Making of Micmacs”
SYNOPSIS: 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 inspirations are as surprising as they are diverse: Remington, Calculator, Buster, Slammer, Elastic Girl, Tiny Pete and Mama Chow.
Then, one day, walking by two huge buildings, Bazil recognizes the logos of the weapons manufacturers that caused all of his misfortune. He sets out to take revenge, with the help of his faithful gang of wacky friends. Underdogs of battling heartless industrial giants, our gang relive the battle of David and Goliath, with all the imagination and fantasy of Buster
REVIEW: From the director the brought us Amelie, comes Micmacs a truly original movie. The central plot itself isn’t original, it’s the way director Jean-Pierre Jeunet goes about telling the story that make Micmacs a unique experience.
Micmas tells the story of Bazil, a man suffering from bad luck. Bad luck brought indirectly by two giant corporations. When Bazil is left homeless, he is adopted by a group of misfits who invent things out of trash. Together this band of Misfits, take on the two giant corporations.
Like I said before the central plot of the movie is not original: Small group of nobodies with no financial means vs. the world of big money. But Jean-Pieree Jeunet does it with style and his characters are what makes the movie. You can tell that time was taken creating and casting the characters. Dany Boon as Bazil is simply perfect.
Too many of you out there will probably overlook this movie, but don’t let the none Hollywood elements of this movie fool you, this is a must see movie. The blu-ray version I reviewed looked excellent. Subtitles are available in English and the audio is available in both the original French and dubbed English. As special features there is a making of the movie. Questions and
Answers with the director and stars of the movie and last but not least a directors commentary. My favorite by far is the making of the movie as it gives one an idea how such a corky movie is created.
Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1 aspect ratio) 1080P
French (Parisian) HD Dolby Digital
Commentary with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Q & A with Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Actress Julie Ferrier
The Making of “Micmacs”
Animations: Absurd Deaths
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