Jean-Pierre Jeunet hasn’t directed many films, but they’ve all been terrific, distinctive, and stylish. Two you’ll hopefully have enjoyed already are The City of Lost Children and the weird Amélie. With Micmacs (original title Micmacs à tire-larigot) Jeunet moves into comedy with his signature quirkiness and the result is delightful and hilarious.
There’s a sense of visual inventiveness in Micmacs that is aided by cinematographer Tetsuo Nagata (Splice, La vie en rose) that contributes to the wonder of the movie. At times it’s as if we’re seeing a sort of human Rube Goldberg machine, where the sequence of events transpires in a logical but astonishing manner, with its conclusion just what Bazil desires.