Trailer Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s BIG BUG (2022)


It’s already mid January and I haven’t done a trailer spotlight yet. Well, I just saw this on Flipboard this morning and I just had to blog about it. It’s from Jean-Pierre Jeunet who made Amélie (2001), and I haven’t seen anything he’s done since then. I never saw A Very Long Engagement and he’s only done a couple of features (one was a TV movie) and a couple of short films in the past two decades. Not exactly the most prolific filmmaker eh, but probably Mr. Jeunet has other jobs/projects.

In any case, check out the trailer of his new sci-fi comedy:

A group of bickering suburbanites find themselves stuck together when an android uprising causes their well-intentioned household robots called Yonyx to lock them in for their own safety.

This trailer definitely has Jeunet’s quirky signature all over it. It stars prominent French actors: Dominique Pinon who’s been in pretty much all of Jeunet’s movies, André Dussollier, Claude Perron, and Elsa Zylberstein. The subject matter of robots malfunctioning & ‘smart’ tech being a threat on humanity is nothing new, so filmmakers have to be more creative in coming up with the plot to make it fresh. The bright, vivid colors and the French suburban setting with wacky, peculiar characters already sets it apart from the usual brooding, morose sci-fis involving evil androids.

The different style and shapes of the robots have an interesting variety, too. Now this one looks like an even creepier version Robocop, ahah.


Having just seen I’m Your Man recently, I’m on the lookout for more humorous-but-poignant robot movies. This one looks pretty wild and hysterical, and like most movies about robots, usually it’s the humans who are wreaking havoc on themselves. Set in the not-so-distant future of 2050, I wonder just how advanced AI technology would be… seems plausible enough, though as the kids say in the movie, people seem to think back then that we’d have flying cars by now, ahah.

In any case, I can’t wait to see this on February 11 (my birthday!)… though it’s got plenty of competitions as there are SO many films coming out that Friday: Liam Neeson’s Blacklight, Kenneth Branagh’s long-delayed Death on the Nile, and J-LO + Owen Wilson’s rom-com Marry Me. I’m really hoping there’ll be a screening for Death on the Nile for my Brit crush Tom Bateman!

Anyway, are you interested in seeing BIG BUG?

10 thoughts on “Trailer Spotlight: Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s BIG BUG (2022)

  1. I totally want to see this as I’m a fan of Jean-Pierre Jeunet though I didn’t see his last film which had a poor U.S. release because of Harvey Weinstein. This looks hilarious as well as being this update of sorts of Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle.

    1. So was his last film produced by Weinstein? That’s too bad. Well glad he’s working w/ Netflix now, it seems they’re more open to visionary directors like Jeunet. I haven’t seen Mon Oncle, so I’m gonna look that up!

      1. I think it was released by the Weinsteins but they probably messed it up which is why many people never knew about it. Criterion has Mon Oncle in their streaming service but you can get the film on Blu-Ray but as part of the Complete Jacques Tati box set.

  2. I haven’t seen anything from Jean-Pierre Jeunet since the terrible Alien: Resurrection. I somehow missed Amelie, I should watch that someday. This new film of his looks to be a weird sci-fi adventure, it has similar vibe of his other film, The City of Lost Children. I’ll watch it for sure.

    1. Wow, I didn’t even know he directed Alien Resurrection. Amelie is a quirky rom-com and I think he also did a romantic drama with Audrey Tautou which seems drastically different from a sci-fi horror, ahah. I’m curious about The City of Lost Children, I wonder if it’s available to stream somewhere.

      1. You can find The City of Lost Children on either Vudu or iTunes, it’s pretty cheap to rent it. That film made Jeunet a hot commodity and Fox convinced him to direct Alien 4. I think he jumped into the big budget Hollywood production way too early in his career and with that film’s failure and his experience with Hollywood folks, he decided to leave Hollywood for good. Alien 4 has his unique visual style but it’s just a terrible script.

        1. I just looked it up, didn’t realize it starred Ron Perlman! Yeah, it’s too bad some good directors who went Hollywood too fast and failed end up having troubles with their career. Still, Amelie was such a big hit I didn’t think he’d have troubles finding financial backing.

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