“Amélie” – Chris Luedtke

Amélie is the story of the impish Amélie (Audrey Tautou) who works at a café and on day discovers a treasure of memories long buried away within her apartment walls. Immediately she decides to find the owner and in exchange, find out whether it is worth it to do good deeds in the world.

Okay, let’s just say that every character in here is quite lovable (even the mean ones). Amélie’s degree of good deed sacrifice finds almost no ends as she struggles to cut everyone a slice of happiness around her. Amélie will also easily steal your heart especially when she exacts vengeance upon the wicked. I actually sat there as she broken into one of the character’s houses and switched around things in his apartment saying to myself, “Isn’t that just adorable!” The wonderland that surrounds Amélie is a force to be reckoned with between its sweet vengeance and good heart. Obviously we have a fixation on the character Amélie here as she goes about her days doing good deeds and making other people happy. It didn’t take long for me to ask when her shot at personal happiness was, it also didn’t take long for the movie to answer.

About half of the movie is Amélie doing good deeds and the other half is Amélie toying with the picture collector she begins to fall for. Both work in order to move the movie along the path it wishes to walk. The character driven plot makes for a much more interesting story than a sequence of events driven plot. Getting inside Amélie’s head is part of the magic that makes this movie work. Jean-Pierre Jeunet did a great job of making Amélie’s character nice and simple yet complex at heart. Her quest to find her own true happiness is one good deed in itself but must also be conquered by her own demons (you know, I actually feel bad using the word “demons” in an Amélie review).

One could say that this whole movie is like one big pastel drawing. The coloration is almost crayon which gives it a nice warm, young feeling. If this doesn’t make you feel cinematically alive I don’t know what will. The camera work is good overall. Shots are very comforting and easy on the eyes. You won’t see anything here that will make you feel sick.

Even if you’re not a fan of cute movies I’d say check this one out. It’s acted perfectly. The execution is very original. The “feel good” vibe that it produces throughout is incredible. Colors are effervescent and the cinematography is so soothing it made me curl up in my comforter and go “Awww!” for two hours.

Rating: ★★★★

-Chris Luedtke


Read Andrew Guarini’s Amélie review here.

One Response to ““Amélie” – Chris Luedtke”

  1. Kelsey Anderson Says:

    This is an absolutely amazing movie!!!!!!!!!

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