SIT DOWN AND LISTEN, CHILDREN.
So. Amelie. There are many reasons why I love this movie.
Let's make a list! By now I hope you've figured out that I quite enjoy making lists. So much easier to organize my thoughts.
READY? OKAYYYY HERE WE GO GO GO GO
REASONS WHY AMELIE IS MY FAVORITE MOVIE EVER
- Color. Amelie is full of colors. Simple colors that complement one another, and bring the setting together to make a lovely image. Take this screencap for example:
Notice how the walls, the couch, the pillows, even Amelie's clothing have a red and yellow theme going? Very warm colors that make the room feel all cozy and comfy. Then there's that splash of blue from the little lamp. Its perfect. Doesn't need anything more to complement the rest of the set, just a tiny touch of a cool blue color and it jumps out at you and somehow brings the room together. And you'll see this throughout the movie, where a color will stand out from the rest of the set, like the red circle of the record, playing down in the green-tinted subway, or the other blue lamp that sits next to Amelie as she composes the new letter for the concierge on the first floor. They're little things that stand out in the big picture, just like Amelie does little things for the people around her, and they become big and meaningful parts of her life. YAY FOR RELATING THINGS TO THE HEART OF THE MOVIE +1O POINTS TO ME 8D
Okay moving on with the list.
- Simplicity. I love the overall simplicity of this movie's introduction of character. The narrator introduces a character with a name and a few likes and dislikes. You get a sense of that character's personality through it in a very simple way, and I found myself liking every character by finding a connection between what they like or dislike with my own likes and dislikes. For instance, Amandine's dislike of puckered fingers after being in the bath too long made me like her, simply because I shared this feeling with her. Same with Joseph. For the most part I disliked his grouchy, nosy character, but the fact that he liked bubble wrap made me dislike him a little less. I could also relate to the list of things that Amelie liked, as I too enjoy the little things in life.
- Nino. Speaking of characters, I have a whole section just for Nino Quincampoix. Because I fall in love with him every time I watch this movie. There's just something about him that's sweet and funny and quirky and I love it all. I like his random collections of odd laughs, photos of footprints in wet cement, and discarded portraits from photobooths. Collections are like lists. Maybe that's why I like his character so much. And I like that he likes mysteries, because you need a little adventure in life. In short, Nino is my favorite. Also Mathieu Kassovitz is a cutie.
|look at his face, its adorable. LET ME PINCH YOUR CHEEKS|
- Adventures. I love love love the way Amelie makes every step to meeting Nino a little adventure for him. It reminds me of puzzles. Each step, each clue Amelie leaves Nino brings them closer together, and seeing them finally meet face to face at the end gives me the same satisfaction I get when I've placed the last puzzle piece in its place.
This is probably my favorite scene. She sends him on a little scavenger hunt for his photo album and then leaves him a question through photos. ADORABLE.
- Soundtrack. Yann Tiersen, man. What a great soundtrack for a movie. Its delightful. That's it.
Hmm, what else can I say? I love it all. I've watched this movie more times than I can count and I never tire of it. Its simply lovely. Watch it, if you haven't before. And if you already have, watch it again, cause its great.
And I leave you with a sloth.