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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…
As a huge fan of Jean Pierre Jeunet, I had some high expectations when going into watching this. Those expectations were initially fulfilled with the general aesthetic and feel of the film being completely excellent. Unfortunately however, as it went on it came to my realisation that a lot of the characters lacked the clarity, and the performances struggled to make up for that. The story was nice, however it felt more like wasted potential than it was anything else.
Despite all that though, I had fun watching it.
Very much a Jean Pierre Jeunet joint, revelling in the quirks and eccentricities of the titular genius and his family, whilst creating a toy like world of hyper saturated natural beauty and contrasting mechanised metropolii, as shown in Chicago and Washington. TYAPTSS manages an oddly unforced power in its sentiment and emotional truth, despite this artifice which Jeunet creates, and rarely allowed the smile on my face to drift. All facets of the movie work, including the 3D, giving TS's mechanised dreams, thoughts and creations a dimension of their own to float in. Perhaps Jean Pierre Jeunet is the French director John Irving's Americana has been begging for after all!
He's Gone Country...
Hmmm. I'm a bit on the fence (pun intended and more to come). Here's another pleasant and creative quirky affair we've come to expect from director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. He and Wes Andeson are certainly winning in the unique storytelling department. However, I see "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet" (Such a memorable film title, no? And no wonder it received crap distribution.) as a mere film canister Frisbee toss from the man who gives us such rich worlds of wonder. With feet planted in many ponds, I find his latest struggles with deciding what it wants to truly become: kid fluff ... bittersweet ... loaded darkness ... fantasy fun ... young adult ... family drama ... cute…
Witzig und abgedreht, aber auch melancholisch und traurig. Tolle Bilder und kleine Ideen, die Jeunet wunderbar einbaut. Der Anfang auf der Ranch ist grandios, der Road- Movie Teil sehr gut, nur das Ende fand ich etwas schwächer (aber immer noch gut und passend).
Ich bin ein kleiner Jeunet- Fanboy. Wird Zeit, dass ich mal seine Werke, die ich noch nicht kenne, nachzuholen.
Ein gelassen schöner film
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.
This film from acclaimed French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet came and went with no fanfare whatsoever, so despite me being a fan I didn't have great expectations. I'm baffled why this passed under the radar, the first 20 minutes or so I thought that it was going to be a disappointment but after that I enjoyed the film immensely.
There's no huge reinvention of his style, as with someone like Wes Anderson he plays in the same wheelhouse and all the quirky hallmarks of…
Not sure why this never made more of a splash. It's a charming story creatively adapted for the screen by a wonderfully talented director. It runs a little long but very enjoyable.
Se os trejeitos e as sacadas visuais de Jeunet eram originais no passado e faziam sentido em filmes cujo universo puxavam para o fantástico ou bizarro, aqui eles soam sem vida e apenas truncam a narrativa. Ainda assim, a viagem metafórica em busca do autoconhecimento (que faz do filme uma espécie de "Morangos Silvestres" infantil) é bem contada e o saldo não deixa de ser positivo.
Using seemingly anachronistic starting points to explore a very modern to-day world, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet reminds me of the graphic novel Habibi by Craig Thompson, only that this time it takes place in the mid west of the USA. Like in Harry Potter 1, we explore our known world by the eyes of an school boy that is on a journey to new opportunities. We seem to know all the things already, but somehow they look different. Jeunet again shows his gift to make the ordinary appear a bit magical as he has already proven in Delicatessen or Amelie.
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