A crackpot revenge tale of a group of misfits living in a scrap heap who take on two arms manufacturers, Micmacs aims for idiosyncratic charm.
But the cartoonish cast of characters (a contortionist, an eccentric inventor, a human canonball and a mathematical mastermind) are poorly sketched. The mad-cap plot rehashes the sort of coincidences and pranks director Jean-Pierre Jeunet first paraded in the wonderful Amélie. But when you're taking on the arms trade, these clockwork capers feel in poor taste. Although its stylised visuals are a delight, the messy plot and slight characterisation mean Micmacs ends up feeling as scrappy as its setting.