Amelie
Starring:
Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Lorella Cravotta, Claire Maurier
Directed By:
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Grade
A-

When Amelie first hit United States soil, it was met by a lackluster limited release and poor ticket sells. That didn't stop the critical acclaim that this movie deserves and then some.

The Plot: I'll start this review of with a little summary of the plot. When the movie first starts out, you'll learn of a girl's past, and that of her family. As you watch, you'll definitely notice that this isn't a normal girl from a normal family. You'll also learn of her extreme shyness when it comes to talking of communicating with other people. When she grows up you'll see her find an interesting child hood treasure. Right at that time, Amelie decides to deliver it to its rightful owner. Upon the delivery, she is overcome with happiness and decides to help everyone and anyone achieve happiness.

While it does sound all good and lighthearted, it is not for everyone. It requires a certain taste and if you do not possess this certain taste, than you'll find Amelie too weird, and not very exciting. If you do have this taste, than you'll find this movie to be an awesome piece of art. I'll try to divide the two groups up, to give you a better understanding:

Those who will not like it are the kids today with their Grand Theft Autos and xXx movies. The kind of people who won't take the time to read all the text in an role playing game, or watch the melodramatic scenes in a movie. There is just not enough killing, maiming and/or explosions for you in this film. Sorry but this group will not be able to stomach this fine movie and that's really too bad....

The kind who'll love this piece of art are the people who like to stray off the beaten path every once in a while. Instead of getting that shirt that everybody has and is "In style", you opted to something that is more your style and not someone else's. Those kinds of people will enjoy this great nugget of delight.

While you parents are reading this review, you may be thinking, "This movie sounds soft, cute, and fun! Maybe I'll show it to the kids". I have to warn you that this movie has some very naught dialogue and a little brief nudity. So this isn't a movie that young Timmy should be watching. I did find this movie appropriate enough to show some younger teens. This movie is rated R but I think it should've been toned down to a PG-13 rating.

All in all, if you're looking for something to cheer you up after a long day. You've found it. The movie is also furthermore proof that a movie doesn't need special effects, or great sound effects and other fluff to be great. The bottom line is, "Is it worth my hard earned 30 bucks?" Yes it is. Also if you hunt hard enough you should find it for a mere 20 dollars. Quite a deal! Buy it!

- - Grandlethal

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