Cute is what he aims for - Page 2

King of twee Jean-Pierre Jeunet returns with Micmacs
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Ah, Jeunesse

They're just props in a series of Rube Goldbergian set-pieces that are showy, intricate yet somehow stale. If Amelie's pursuit of charm could feel incongruously elephantine — like a space shuttle chasing a feather — Micmacs likewise exerts way too much effort just trying to be cute and funny. It's so overpoweringly delighted with itself that you don't need to be.

MICMACS opens Fri/4 in Bay Area theaters.

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