Saturday, December 20, 2014
A Monster in Paris (2011)
The movie is set during the flood of 1910 in Paris. Emile is a camera operator in a movie theater and his friend Raoul is a delivery man who has a penchant for invention. He has designed his delivery truck with a number of features that are even today not available in a motorized vehicle. He is fun and impulsive and in love with a singer, Lucille. Emile and Raoul make a delivery to a professor's house and since he is away, Raoul takes the opportunity to show Emile the professor's arboretum and chemistry lab. Things quickly go wrong and they create a 7 foot flea, who terrorizes Paris in no time. It is like the Ebola virus of their time. The flood is a far greater threat, but better to focus on the sensational rather than the realistic threats to safety. Lucille is the one who discovers that the flea has the heart of a troubadour and the dance skills to match. She dresses him in a disguise and convinces her friends that he is worth defending. The story is nothing special, but it is a lot of fun, definitely family friendly and whimsical in the way that makes me love French animated films.