The Young and Prodigious TS Spivet – A Review

I knew nothing about this film when I went to see it with Annabel last Friday. Only the fact that it was on at the DCA (Dundee Contemporary Arts) and that the director was Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) was reason enough for us to go at our usual Friday 6pm time. Right from the beginning I loved it. The 3D was fabulous – proving to me that 3D could be used from something other than action movies and cheap thrills. The cinematography was superb, catching the idea of the wide open spaces of Montana and Alberta. The acting was realistic, the story quirky and the messages within the film life affirming without being too smaltzy. Helena Bonham Carter was superb but the real star was TS played by Kyle Catlett. I loved the speech to the scientists at the end and the mockery of the sadly all too typical shallow talk show host. I loved the dynamics of the family and the clear difficulties they were having in coming to terms with the death of T’S’s twin brother. This film manages to be comic, artistic, realistic and profound all in one. If you get the chance go and see it – you will not regret it. Just make sure you see it in 3D – well worth the extra cost.

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