Revenge – Best Served with Comedy
Release Date: May 28, 2010
Starring: Dany Boon, Andre Dussollier,
Nicolas Marie, Jean-Pierre
Mariell, Yolande Moreau, and
Runtime: 105 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Director: Jean Pierre Jeunet
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Jean Pierre Jeunet, Frederic
Brillion and Gilles Legrand
Writer: Jean Pierre Jeunet and
Address Comments To:Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and Marcia Bloom
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When he was just a boy, Bazil received word his father had died from a landmine. He saw pieces of the shrapnel and the logo of the mine manufacturer. Later in life, Basil was inadvertently shot in the head while standing on the street just as a high-speed car chase raced past him. After surgery and having miraculously survived the bullet lodged in his brain, Bazil returns to where he was shot and finds the bullet shell with the logo of another weapons manufacturer on it.
Soon after his accident and recovery, Bazil is homeless and alone. That is, until he meets up with a merry band of homeless junk peddlers, who welcome him into their fold. One day while collecting junk to take back to his friends, Bazil finds himself standing between two buildings: they are the competing weapons manufacturers who are responsible for making the mine that killed his father and the bullet lodged in his head.
Bazil sets out to take revenge on the two competing arms dealers. His greatest weapon is the businessmen’s hatred toward one another. With his friends by his side, Bazil sets into motion a hilarious caper that will bring the two companies and the insidious CEOs to their knees.
MICMACS is very funny. It is a comedy caper that hearkens back to the classic days of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Filled with physical comedy and a quirky story with larger-than-life characters, MICMACS has some great laugh-out-loud moments. Every character is unique and brings a nice angle to the ensemble comedy. Bazil, brilliantly played by Dany Boon, is the soul of the movie, and the actor’s physicality makes him a perfect unlikely hero who is both empathetic and funny.
However, this comedy is not without some tragedy, and that is the movie’s immoral content, chief of which is an unnecessary amount of sexual content. The depicted fornication, the implied fornication and the peep show that Bazil views tarnish what could have been a completely delightful movie. There is also some mild language, which is unnecessary to the story itself. The movie has a mostly mixed pagan worldview with elements of greed, theft and blackmail as well as a general theme of revenge, but these are handled lightly in a comedic sense that is as funny as it is far-fetched. Most discerning adults will be able to look right past those elements. Sadly, though, the sexual content is where MICMACS fails, and media-wise audiences probably will choose to laugh at more wholesome entertainment.
MICMACS is very funny. It is a comedy caper that hearkens back to the classic days of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. The movie has a mixed pagan worldview with elements of greed, theft and blackmail as well as a revenge theme, but these are handled lightly in a comic sense that is as funny as it is far-fetched. Most discerning adults will be able to look right past those elements. However, the movie also contains strong sexual content and brief foul language. Although MICMACS succeeds as a comedy, it fails as wholesome entertainment.