THE YOUNG AND PRODIGIOUS T.S. SPIVET
Reviewer: Megan Mackander
Verdict: 3.5 stars
MEET T.S. Spivet: a charming little boy with an insatiable curiosity.
The famously flamboyant French filmmaker Jean Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) brings a new tale of a 10-year-old child prodigy whose creative genius takes him all the way to Washington DC.
It's an interpretation of the novel by Reif Larsen's and it's simply wonderful.
T.S. - that stands for Tecumseh Sparrow, as he likes to point out - lives on a ranch in Montana.
He's an outsider even in his kooky family. His mother, Dr Clair (Helena Bonham Carter), for the most part ignores T.S., instead preoccupied by her insect studies and an unfortunate family "incident" that no one dares to speak about.
His cowboy father is the strong, silent type and his sister thinks her little brother is annoying.
He also has nothing in common with his twin.
T.S. spends his days coming up with new ideas and experiments and tinkers away with an invention well beyond his years called a perpetual motion machine.
He secretly enters into a competition held by the Smithsonian.
When the museum calls with good news, T.S. sets off to claim his prize - without informing his parents of his cross-country trip.
He also omits his age.
What ensues is an epic road trip by train, foot, truck and van until he finally reaches Washington.
Will T.S. still get his award when they find out his real age?
It all sounds straight forward but nothing is when director Jean Pierre Jeunet is at the helm. Quirky characters are his trademark.
This is a wonderful film for both adults and children alike.
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