Micmacs or Micmacs à tire-larigot is the latest film from the director of Amélie and City of Lost Children, Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The film excels in all the areas he’s best known for. From his use of colors to his original take on an “action film” he makes the film both artistically stunning and exciting to watch.
Check out why you should be skipping Jerry Bruckheimer’s latest action film and the Sex and the City gang (in the desert?) and finding a theater near you playing Micmacs below…

The Players:

  • Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Writer: Jean-Pierre Jeunet (scenario) and Guillaume Laurant (scenario and dialogue)
  • Producer: Frédéric Brillion, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Gilles Legrand
  • Actors: Dany Boon (Bazil), André Dussollier (Nicolas Thibault de Fenouillet), Nicolas Marié (François Marconi), Jean-Pierre Marielle (Placard), Yolande Moreau (Tambouille), Julie Ferrier (La Môme Caoutchouc), Omar Sy (Remington), Dominique Pinon (Fracasse), Michel Crémadès (Petit Pierre)
  • Cinematographer: Tetsuo Nagata
  • Music by: Raphaël Beau

The Good:

  • The Visuals: From his token close ups of his characters making silent picture-esq faces, to the wildly textured sets and attention to small details, this film has everything we have come to love and expect from Juenet. It’s stunningly beautiful from top to bottom.
  • The Story: Technically, this is a very cliched story, but when you’re watching it there is nothing cliched about it. Juent has once again redefined and given life to the genre he’s working with. There are a million stories about a man seeking revenge for his family, but very few that are as original and encaptivating as this one.
  • The Characters: Despite all the amazing visuals and the well told story, this is very much a character piece with characters as rich as a dark chocolate cake. There is no way to pick a favorite character because each one of them is so well defined, unique and most of all endearing. All of the actors were perfectly cast and the lead actor Dany Boon was to interesting to watch that he was able to lead you on a journey and keep you invested in the outcome throughout the entire film.
  • The Details: From the props in the background and the sets, to the way that the actors walked when they crossed the screen. No stone was left unturned and everything felt effortlessly thought out.
  • The Use of Colors and Close-Ups: Juent has a very unique visual style, one filled with colors that remind you of your favorite Renoir paintings and close-ups with character reactions that take you back to Buster Keaton. Together he creates an amazing style of its own.

The Bad:

  • The word “bad” shouldn’t even be written anywhere on this page. This is a great film.


This is a beautifully executed piece of art that is also fun and exciting to watch – rarely are those two things ever intertwined as well as they are in this film. It makes you think without needing a PhD in film to enjoy it. It’s just as much for the obsessive film-goer as it is for the average, looking for something fun, viewer. Great film, go indulge!

Rating: 10/10

Micmacs opens in New York on May 28 and hopefully will expand from there!



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