A Monster in Paris

A Monster in Paris

Bibo Bergeron (2011)

86min
U Certificate
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Review

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Paris in 1910 is flooded and gloomy, and to make matters worse there's a scary creature on the loose. But, as this charming fantasy from the director of Shark Tale reveals, he's more of a misunderstood musician than a savage beast. Cinema projectionist Emile (voiced by Jay Harrington) and his extrovert inventor pal Raoul (Adam Goldberg) inadvertently create the monster that promptly escapes over the rooftops and is taken in by sympathetic chanteuse Lucille (Vanessa Paradis), who discovers his sensitive side. Meanwhile, evil Commissioner Maynott (Danny Huston) has a dastardly plan in mind. Director Bibo Bergeron (who returned to his native France after making his name in Hollywood) has crafted a beautiful love letter to Paris - the city's landmarks are shown off to great effect, and there's a keen sense of period. He also cleverly references early horror movies, with the monster's disguise bearing a passing resemblance to that of the Invisible Man. While the attempts at humour occasionally fall flat, there's plenty of excitement in the chase scenes and a refreshing lack of sentiment, and the movie is topped by bewitchingly memorable songs.

Summary

A would-be inventor accidentally creates a monster which escapes onto the streets of Paris. As the scientist and his sidekick try to find their creation before the police do, the creature befriends a kindly cabaret singer, who discovers he has a gentle nature and a gift for music. Animated comedy, with the voices of Vanessa Paradis and Sean Lennon.

Cast & Crew

Lucille Vanessa Paradis
Francoeur Sean Lennon
Raoul Adam Goldberg
Emile Jay Harrington
Pate Bob Balaban
Maynott Danny Huston
Albert Matthew Geczy
Maud Madeline Zima
Director Bibo Bergeron
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EOneAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 Jan 2012
Comedy Drama Children's