Amélie

When impish gamine Amélie (Audrey Tautou), who lives alone, finds a long-hidden trove of toys behind a baseboard in her apartment, she’s inspired to repatriate the items, an impulse of generosity that sparks more benevolent acts. A celebration of life and love, French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Oscar-nominated charmer stresses the importance of small wonders that surround us, if only we paused to look.

Matt
Rating: 7 out of 10

Amelie is a sweet natured film with a big heart. The main character, played so eloquently by Audrey Tautou, is the type of sweet-natured girl you can’t help but fall in love with.

It has a simple enough premise: Amelie finds an old box of heirlooms from 40 years ago inside the wall of her apartment. She decides to find the owner and return it to him. If she can succeed, she will try to become a professional do-gooder. Now, this works only because the world that director Jean-Pierre Jeunet has created is not the one we inhabit every day. It’s seen through the lens with exaggerated colors and dream-like sequences to create an adult fairy tale. Cynicism is an outcast here and hope springs eternal. Realistic? No way. But, do we really need reality in our films all the time? I like the idea of seeing the best of humanity, no matter how outrageous it may seem to some. Also, Amelie is not always an angelic do-gooder. There are some very funny moments where she gets back at different bullies she runs into in her life.

So, if I enjoyed the film, why am I giving it only a 7? Well, first off, anything 7 or higher is something I recommend. But, Amelie’s script is not as good as its visual style. Once Amelie starts being a “do-gooder” the script doesn’t know where to go. The situations where she starts to help people are less imaginative and it pushes towards a standard romantic comedy. By the end, Amelie gets what she wants and it appears her days of helping others falls by the wayside. It’s a shame. too. because it had such promise for the first 60 minutes.

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6 responses to “Amélie

  1. The script not being as good as the visual style is pretty much the story of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s career. His films are all fun enough to receive a passable grade.

  2. I will have to watch it because she looks cute! 🙂

    Jessie.

  3. Great film, joyous energy!

  4. A great movie that made Audrey Tautou an international household outside France and let’s say the rest is history for a star like her.

  5. This movie is AWESOME!!!!!!!

  6. Great review. Very spot-on, in my opinion. This line was especially accurate:

    “Amelie is a sweet natured film with a big heart. ”

    Agreed. And the part about the script losing it’s way was also pretty accurate, and that was unfortunate I think. The visual dynamic did carry the film, as well as the excellent first 2/3, and also Tautou’s sizzling-ness. She is ADORABLE. 🙂

    Dug
    http://thf2.wordpress.com

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