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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…
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…
Absolutely amazing. I honestly don't even know why I'm giving it 4.5 out of 5. Jean-Pierre Jeunet is just clearly a genius. Everything he does, my god.
First and foremost T.S. Spivet is an incredible looking film. The settings are so insanely beautiful, it's hard to imagine any of them are real. In fact, I'm not sure they are.
Beyond the look of the film, you've got the precocious Kyle Catlett in the lead as T.S. Spivet. He is perfect for the role, and somehow totally believable as a little genius. It's not an easy role to pull off and he does it rather well. He struggled a bit in the more emotional scenes which kind of halted some of the power of the film, but he was impressive overall. Cheers to Helena Bonham Carter for playing a character who isn't dressed like a witch.
De otro tipo, pero Amelie ya venía siendolo: que a Jeunet le gustan los viajes no es ninguna novedad. Pero en lo que ha convertido esta road-movie con protagonista de medio metro es una simple genialidad. Se me llena la boca al decir que creo que 'El extraordinario viaje de T.S Spivet' es una de las mejores películas de su paso por cartelera (o la mejor, directamente) y que es, como su propio título en castellano indica: EXTRAORDINARIA.
Que te enamores de T.S es absolutamente inevitable, pero que todo lo que acompañe y rodee al pequeño esté tan bien dibujado y de una manera tan tan tan original es solamente cosa de la arrolladora imaginación de Jean-Pierre Jeunet y de…
Jean-Pierre Jeunet's latest movie appears to have been ignored by cinema markets almost everywhere – rather unfairly as it turns out, as it's a charming, bittersweet tale with an actual, beating heart inside.
It chronicles the young, runaway genious T.S. Spivet, as he makes his way from his family's rural farm in Montana, across the country to The Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to accept an award for his perpetual motion machine design. The trip is spurred on by a tragedy though, and for all its playful moments, the movie is actually emotionally and structurally quite reminiscent of The Straight Story, with hints of Wes Anderson too, and, of course, Jeunet's many stylistic, amusing tics on top. It's not a fantastic movie, certainly not on par with the ones in the first half of Jeunet's career, but it's warm, good-natured, and I certainly enjoyed the time spent with it.
The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet (2013)
A visual treat with heart, but a totally uneven narrative mess.
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Might be the least Jeunet of the Jeunets, which is a good and bad thing. It was a relief to see him tone down the insufferable quirk of Mic-Macs and try and tell a story, but at the same time the clichéd America depicted here lacks any unique personality.
I enjoyed reading the novel The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet by Reif Larsen, so I was pretty excited when I heard it would be adapted into a film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It's weird to read a book and then watch the film adaptation of it. I'm torn between what is the better way to approach such linked pieces of media. The fun thing about reading the book first is that you have to let the words form the images in your mind. Seeing the film and then reading the book will usually only result in you seeing the film in your mind (and adding in all the little details that the film left out, and sometimes having to subtract…
NZIFF2014 #21, Queen.
Crammed with as much style as Amélie, but with a far less interesting story and a lot less genuine laughs. Time to re-watch Delicatessen & Lost Children, to ensure I'm not just out-Jeunet-ed.
I really love these types of quirky sweet films. Some parts seemed a little slow and but by the end things sped up. It was a nice ride and I definitely got misty eyed during some parts.
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