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The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
A 12-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country on board a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
''The amazing thing about water drops is that they always take the path of least resistance. For humans it's exactly the opposite.''
Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, Delicatessen, Mic Macs) brings his trusty brand of whimsical adventure and magical realism to the Montana countryside (although most it the film was shot in Canada) for an adaptation of 'The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet', written by Reif Larsen.
Boasting some of the most luminous cinematography you could ever dream of seeing (courtesy of newly developed Arri Alexa camera's) we are introduced to a family in a rural setting where our young and prodigious protagonist is a 10 year old boy named T.S. who is focused on scientific experimentation and invention. His father is…
Film #1 At CIFF: The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet
"The amazing thing about water drops is that they always take the path of least resistance. For humans it's exactly the opposite."
It's been a long time since I've been on Letterboxd, but it's sure as hell good to be back. Thank you to my friend, Todd Gaines, for checking up on me. I really appreciated that notion, it was a big part in why I decided to come back on Letterboxd. And like the first time I went on, I fell in love.
Wow, what a way to start off the Calgary International Film Festival. This English…
The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet is from Jean-Pierre Jeunet the director of the absolutely amazing Amélie and that was the main reason that lead me to see this film. And I was also in a mood for an adventure film!
So The Young and Prodigioud T. S. Spivet tells us the story of T. S. Spivet, a super intelligent boy at the age of 10 that receives a call from Smithsonian an instution that wants to give him an award for a unique invention. He feels like he is the underdog of the family because he is so smart and has different interests than his mother, father, sister and twin brother. He made up a plan to go…
Beautiful but instantly forgettable. Alas, I now feel certain that Jean Pierre Jeunet will never create a another game-changer like 'Delicatessen' - the film that inspired me to be a film maker in the first place. He's gotten too comfortable and too attached to sappy, crowd pleasing fare that essentially just reworks his red/green color palette and Amelie's "list of interesting activities" over and over again. The only things new here are a romanticized view of the Cowboy archetype and gentle country music.
It has to be said however that Jeunet uses 3D technology here more effectively and with more care than most film makers, I'd say on par with Cameron.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
*insert deep quote from the film*
This film has Jean-Pierre Jeunet written all over it. It has a lot of similarities with his masterpiece 'Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain'. Yet it's not as amazing. It feels like Jeunet is trying to create an American version of Amelie Poulain in the character of T.S. Spivet.
Without looking at his other films is T.S. Spivet a fantastic work.
T.S. is a smart little boy living in the country obsessed with measuring, investigation, examination, etc. of every aspect in science and psychology. Sadly this leads to the death of his twin brother Layton: when T.S. is measuring the sound of a shotgun fired by his brother, the gun blows up and kills Layton.…
Why I watched this one? I have been a fan of French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet since The City of Lost Children. So I watch every movie he makes.
What is this one about? A ten-year-old cartographer secretly leaves his family's ranch in Montana where he lives with his cowboy father and scientist mother and travels across the country aboard a freight train to receive an award at the Smithsonian Institute.
My thoughts on this one? Jenuet has only directed 6 movies since in 1991. So everytime he makes a new movie a comparison to his other movies is hard to do. This is a very close relative to Jeunet's Amelie. Amelie which is beloved around the world because it is…
I think Jeunet films should only be compared with other Jeunet films. Is it as good as Amelie? No, but it is very sweet in its own way. And rather Canadian, with Julian Richings and Leni Parker et.al. More watchable than many films.
A typically quirky family comedy drama directed by Jeunet.
This film is fuelled by many of the same devices as Jeunet's career milestone, Amelie. The voice-over narrative, the same off-the wall sense of humour and very similar imagination sequences. So whilst he's trying nothing new here, it's all techniques which really capture the essence of the story and serve the lead character's perspective really well.
This film will entertain you throughout and has a lot of heart, all supported by a fantastic young performance. The cinematography is really striking here too, bold colour palettes with stunning landscapes captured. There's a lot of potential desktop screensaver images in this movie.
Recommended?: If you like the quirky, up-beat style of Amelie, you'll love this. Heartwarming and entertaining, but not perfect.
A sweet funny film with a thin slither of darkness running throughout. Interesting cast and visuals plus solid direction from the director of 'Amelie'
A trip that drags along too much sentimental baggage.
Really dug this. It had a melancholic, borderline dark vibe all over it but really it was just about a little kid going on an adventure and chasing his dreams. Helena Bonham Carter is fantastic. That little kid is truly talented!!
Every year my school rents out our local downtown theater to show a movie and this year I chose to show The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet. The kids (ages 11-14) loved it. It was funny and exciting and the cinematography was beautiful. Also, it was very sad. The sadness resonated with the kids. At the end of the film, when one of the characters is forcefully slapped, there was much cathartic cheering.
I always keep the film a surprise, so after the film was over I was asked numerous times what we had just watched (the title appears only obliquely on screen). Of course none of the kids had heard of a film called The Young and Prodigious T.S.…
It is very interesting to see American nostalgia filtered through a quirky French sentiment. I don't think the satire stuff really works at the end (and did the Smithonian do something I don't know about that makes them deserve being taken down a notch like this?) but when T.S. gave his little speech, I choked up a little, so at least the film worked on that level. So, in the end, I give it a hardy "ehhh".
Why? I don't know.
If anyone is equally as sad as I and knows of any i've missed, let me…