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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…
Mal ein Jeunet-Film der sich eher dem Mainstream zuwendet, was ihm aber in keinster Weise einen Abbruch tut. Wunderschöne Bilder aus dem Mittleren Westen der USA verschmelzen mit einer witzigen, gefühlvollen, spannenden Roadtrip-Geschichte eines Zehnjährigen.
Typical quirky greatness, with typically gorgeous visuals, from Jean-Pierre Jeunet. It's also a very romantic movie, in the way it defines relationships and depicts parts of America that feel perfectly poised between the old West and the hustle and bustle of the big cities. A few profanities may stop it from being a perfect family movie, but it's definitely one for the young at heart. And anyone who wanted to hop on to a freight train.
Gorgeous looking film that'll have the more sensitive viewers reaching for their tissues (I managed to hold back the tears but what was I going to do - cry in front of the kids!?).
There was just enough of an odd and quirky tone to hold your attention in the moments where the story goes a bit flat. The cinematography is stunning to the point where you'll want to pause certain scenes, frame your telly and hang it the wall.
Totally cute, enjoyable film that doesn't easily fit in any one genre.
So jean-pierrejeunesque that's good. Accumulates kindness, sweet and sour and comedy-reliefs in a way that's unique and induces you to be indulgent
O visual e a trilha sonora do filme são incríveis, mas a sensação que tive ao final é que poderia ter sido melhor, o diretor Jean-Pierre Jeunet já esteve mais inspirado.
"The Young and Prodigious T.S Spivet is a strange beast. A Canadian-French co-production tying to appropriate American culture that it doesn’t quite understand, the film teeters off balance and never really finds its footing. The attempt to capture the distinctly American old west feel falls flat, as director Jean-Pierre Jeunet keeps trying to insert his unique voice into a setting where it has no place. This is a film that is working very hard, but that’s its problem. Instead of the effortless, free spirit of the open plains, it’s more of an uphill slog."
Read the full review here: thetfs.ca/2015/04/10/review-young-prodigious-t-s-spivet/
deep down I probably know that this movie isn't the most amazing thing in the world. but first of all I'm sort of biased, because it is based on a book I absolutely loved. and secondly, a nice combination of breathtaking landscapes and beautiful music always gets me. so I knew the story already and found myself focussing more on everything else than whether the plot is exciting or not.
everyone coming across this movie should definitely check out the book, though! it's not just that the story is more detailed in the novel (obviously), it also has these amazing graphs, maps and sketches in it that T.S. is drawing all the time. we occasionally see those in the movie, but there's even more in the book and it was just so awesome to read and have these things to look at next to the text.
Looks very good.
Isn't very good.
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