December 18, 2005

The City of Lost Children

I saw a trailer for La Cite des Enfants Perdus somewhere and thought the imagery looked wonderful. And watching the movie that turned out to be exactly the case. This movie takes the people you would find in a circus freak show, turns them into the normal type of character, and builds a fantastic story in an amazingly rendered world. This world is one of machina and and rusted steel and rivets. I loved the world that was precisely built down to the smallest detail.

The story could do with a little more fleshing out, but the characters were lots of fun to watch. Ron Perlman portrays the oafish strongman very well, and I thought Judith Vittet was great as the little girl Miette. Dominique Pinon is crazy as six clones and one original. I can't think of any other movie where a non-anthropomorphized flea can become the focal point of a scene without being a piece of artsy rubbish.

Posted by josuah at December 18, 2005 9:19 AM UTC+00:00

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