The Rabid Film Review: Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) from Amelie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (avec l'exclusivité Trailer Video)

[Editor's Note: Micmacs opens Friday, July 16 at Muvico Baywalk 20 and IMAX.

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Wile E. Coyote never had much luck capturing the Road Runner through use of bombs and or missiles. And though his lifelong goal was only realized but once, it was always his use of clever, out of the ordinary tricks that got him closest to his prize.

Comparing the whimsically satirical Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) to a famous animated feature is fitting. For within the world of Micmacs, or possibly the seductive imagination of main character Bazil’s head, lies a world that's a brazen caricature. A clash of brutality vs. enchantment; high-tech vs. scrapped together ingenuity; stark death vs. bold living. Micmacs is an unlikely marriage not of romance, but of defiance.