Micmacs: A must-see masterpiece

Gary Wolcott, atomictown.comMay 1, 2013 

Micmacs is a 2009 masterpiece that got too little attention. This is also one that must be seen on a big screen.

Dany Boon is Bazil. When he was a child, his father was killed by munitions manufactured by one of two feuding brothers. Bazil suffers a head wound and has a bullet lodged in his brain that was manufactured by the other.

Bazil ends up homeless and is taken in by an odd group of scavengers who live beneath the city. Together, they craft a most clever plan to undo the two masters of mayhem and get their revenge.

Writer/director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is one of the world's great filmmakers. He's French, and other than Amelie and The City of Lost Children, Jeunet's work is largely unknown by U.S. audiences. It's our loss. His films are unique from the clever dialogue and story angles to his incredible sense of cinema. Jeunet's productions are as creative as his stories, and this one is pure genius.

Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Stars: Dany Boon, Dominique Pinon

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated R for mature themes. It plays at 8 p.m. May 3 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.

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