Watched Amelie last night. I found it an awfully pretty but ultimately unsatisfying movie. Yes, the movie works had at being charming and delightful and whimsical–and succeeds but only because it tries so hard to be these things. By the end I felt like someone had stuffed me full of sticky, sweet cotton candy and I was gagging on it.

My essential problem with the film is clearly one of personal taste. I found the main character irritating. She was a bit TOO sympathetic and way too cute, pouty and impish for my taste. I tend to like my characters (and my real live people) a bit more real and rough around the edges, a bit more angry and willing to be ugly. So while this film is not for me, I can see why someone else might enjoy it.

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