July 5th, 2007

aussiepoida - Iterlectuaralist

Movie Review: City of Lost Children

Hello there,

Last night I finally got to watch The City of Lost Children. haze received it in his letter-box a few weeks ago. We've been waiting patiently for my projector to be returned by the service agent. I've been quite insistent that I want my first time to be on the large screen :-) I could continue that low-brow joke, but I would be arrested - and rightfully so.

The movie was fantastic - at lot better than I ever expected it to be. I'm convinced that I'll grow to love it even more with repeat watchings. The sets are so very detailed, that each shot could be framed (I've said similar things about the movie Pi). I have nothing against subtitles, and I think the 'French' actually added to the feel of the movie. But I did find myself missing a lot of the great visuals, simply because I was reading the subtitles. For this reason alone, I think a second viewing is in order.

I am yet to see Delicatessen, which is also by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. I hear that its not quite as good as 'Children', but is supposed to be fantastic none the less. That being said, watching this movie last night has inspired me to go ahead and finally watch Pan's Labyrinth. I'm not sure why I've been putting that one off, though I'm sure my reluctance is not warranted.

City of Lost Children - 8.5/10