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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…
Second viewing with family and friend. Enjoyed it as much this time... had a chance to look more closely at some of the production details... still very impressive.
The beautiful visuals help to prop up a fairly slight story, but The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet is otherwise everything you would expect from a a Jeunet film. It's charming and whimsical with just enough of a dark edge to stop it from becoming mawkish.
Kyle Catlett is the titular 10-year-old genius who sets out on a freight train from his remote Montana ranch after receiving a call from the Smithsonian institute with news that he has won a prestigious prize for inventing a perpetual motion machine. Unfortunately he neglects to tell his family.
Helena Bonham Carter, Callum Keith Rennie, no Judy Davis all impress as TS' parents and the Smithsonian professor, but it's Catlett who shoulders the weight…
All the qualities I've admired about Jean-Pierre Jeunet's work are present in his latest film... charming characters, fanciful story, meticulously-detailed production design, and striking compositions rendered in lush, saturated color.
The story follows a ten year old inventor who lives in Montana with his cowboy father, entomologist mother and aspiring beauty-queen sister. Also present in flashbacks is a younger brother who was killed in a gun accident. One day T.S. gets a phone call from the Smithsonian telling him that he is to be presented with a prestigious award for his design for a perpetual motion machine. Knowing his folks will never let him go, he packs a suitcase and hops a freight train to Washington DC.
The story combines…
Always tries to be much more magic than expected and makes it hard to digest.
Tras ver esto, me gustaría proponer a Jean-Pierre Jeunet como único candidato para dirigir la adaptación de uno de mis libros favoritos: The Terrible Thing that happened to Barnaby Brocket.
Creative direction and beautiful scenery and photography. Entertaining. And of course Jeunet finds another role for Dominique Pinon.
Jeunet's first Jeunet-esque film in English. Doesn't match the best of his French work (Amelie, MicMacs), but has its moments. A kids film with a very adult swear word.
"Beware of mediocrity, It is the fungus of the mind"
Jeunet gira col pilota automatico, sempre più vicino a diventare la macchietta registica di se stesso, alla strenua (e smaccatamente stucchevole) ricerca di centrare un nuovo Amélie. Non è questo il caso.
I can't think of the last film I saw where it was clear that the filmmakers had sincere intentions but everything came off completely insincere. I'll give Jeunet points for trying, and it does look pretty, but man oh man... Now I understand the arguments about Amelie's Paris. If you're going to do a "road trip across America" movie and you don't know America, your character had better not either or it just won't work. And the odd shift from quirky kid who can't connect with parents to road trip to grief meditation to some weird exploitation of the intelligent... what was this movie even supposed to be about?
I've always liked Jean-Pierre Jeunet and along with everyone else I loved Amelie.
The problem is I've not been a fan of his out put since then.
Happy to say I was a little charmed by this one. All the directorial ticks are there: childlike whimsey, way way too many ideas, a visual trick or flourish every 5 seconds, a cartoon like tone.
But I fell for the story a little so it didn't grate as much as his other films.
Fantastic cinematography, and a cute premise are weakened by some overly whimsical style choices, mostly superfluous narration, and some incredulous moments that are a bit irresponsible for a movie that is supposed to be for children, but maybe not.
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