Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart (2013)

IMDB: [PG] A 19th-century drama about a man whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born. The situation dictates that he should avoid feeling strong emotions — love, most of all — but he just can’t keep his feelings under wraps.
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Rating: [10]💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚💚
I don’t feel it would be right to start a movie review blog without featuring one of the most beautiful and compelling stories I’ve watched. A stunning blend of music, drama, love, and tragedy.

Story:
As noted above, Jack is born on a freezing night with a heart made of ice. In a quick dash of engineering his heart is replaced by a cuckoo clock and wound up. Later he spies a girl he shares a moment with – and a beautiful song – and soon it’s off on an adventure to find her again. Of course there are enemies, dangers, and new friends.

What I Love:

The MUSIC! The ANIMATION! The ROMANCE!

Truly this movie is stunning. If you’re a fan of bizarre worlds like Coraline, you’ll likely enjoy the visuals created here. What’s honestly most well done is how it flows. The music and vocals are breathtaking. Personally, I think it can be good for people who don’t like full musicals. There’s enough standard dialogue and music accompanies progression in the story instead of a static set. The singing is excellent and can bring you to tears and put your whole body into chills.

Beyond how wonderfully it’s written and performed there is so much feeling. It creates a beautiful world full of whimsy as well as historical figures of the time that Jack crosses paths with. (It’s originally a French movie and of course has French influence in what characters are included.)

The whole arch is a rollercoaster with one emotion: find your love. As it progresses it drips in sweet desire between two people that seem meant to be. The ending keeps me thinking about the movie for days every time I view it.

What I Don’t Love:
Even with a 10-heart movie there can be improvements. One of mine is this: It’s too short. At approximately 1.5 hours of total run time I still find myself wanting MORE. Perhaps the songs could be a bit longer or it could have added one or two more numbers.

Another thing to note is some of the line reads and story can feel slightly stiff upon first viewing. I think some of this is due to it first being made in French. While the songs and story flow beautifully, there are some awkward bits of dialogue that may feel a bit jagged with how smoothly everything else runs.

Favorite Quotes:
“There are three rules you must always obey. Firstly never touch the hands of your heart. Rule number two, keep your temper under control. Last but not least, the most important rule. Whatever else you do, never fall in love.”

Top Trope:
Forbidden Love – of course.

Spoilers: Click to Open
If this song* doesn’t make you feel something.. I can’t help you. *The only song in the English version NOT in English.

Alright, here’s where it gets real. If you haven’t watched, well.. I’m not sure why you clicked. But we’re going to talk about the end. The beautiful, tragic, romantic end.

As you remember, the most important rule is to never fall in love. Well, Jack does. He ends with a kiss to his love as his heart stops. It ends with him climbing into the clouds, riding high on his love. And here’s where I’m literally tearing up writing this. A love so strong you’re willing to give up your life for just one kiss. That one kiss is worth everything. That one kiss means everything.