June 12, 2014 2:12 pm

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet – film review

More schmaltz and cuteness from ‘Amélie’ director Jean-Pierre Jeunet
'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet'

'The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet'

The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a 3D caprice from Amélie’s Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Jeunet’s films more and more resemble Hallmark greetings cards. Schmaltz and cardboard re-combine here in celebration of a fictive Montana boy (drawn from Reif Larsen’s novel) who goes to the nation’s capital to claim an inventor’s prize for building a perpetual motion machine. With its pop-up visuals and picaresque plot, the film is so arch, ingratiating and wacky-cute that you want to strangle it. Same for Helena Bonham Carter as mad-but-adorable mom and Judy Davis, mugging for her life as a Smithsonian Institution greeter.

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