Jean-Pierre Jeunet makes a triumphant return from the directing wilderness with this visually impressive drama based on Reif Larsen’s 2009 novel.
T.S. (Kyle Catlett) is a 10-year-old boy with a unique gift for science who lives on a ranch in Montana with his eccentric parents (Helena Bonham Carter and Callum Keith Rennie), who have largely ignored him since the death of his brother.
When one of his inventions is awarded a prestigious prize by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, the young T.S. decides to board a freight train and travel across the United States to the country’s capital to claim what’s his.
Jeunet faithfully reproduces the visual elements of his source material, creating an offbeat world with the kind of trademark magic that made earlier films such as Amélie and Micmacs so endearing.
All in all, The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet is a fantastic cinematic experience with colourful characters and a warm heart. It’s perfect viewing for the whole family.
Review by Matt Blackwell
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