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Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem
One More Time
A sci-fi anime House-musical movie collaboration between Daft Punk--and their music--and designer Leiji Matsumoto. During the recording of their DISCOVERY album and using the themes of sci-fi celebrity, decadence and space travel, Daft Punk--with help from Cedric Hervet--wrote the story and inspired seasoned Japanese animators to symbiotically create this stunning space musical.
The appeal of Interstella 5555 will depend greatly on whether or not you like the music of Daft Punk. It is hard to imagine people don’t but then the world is full of weirdos. Although detractors may say it is just the album, Discovery, accompanied by some pretty moving pictures but for me it is hard to see what more you want in a musical when the music and pretty pictures are this damn good.
Despite being conceived as a visual realisation of Daft Punk’s aforementioned album the film is as much about, and a love letter to, animation giant, Leiji Matsumoto. Brought on as a visual supervisor, not only is the appearance of the film steeped in his distinctive…
I know it may not be technically a 5 star movie but for me personally it ticks all the right boxes. I'm a big anime fan and Leiji Matsumoto's particular art style has always been a favorite of mine. And more importantly, I am an unabashed fanboy of Daft Punk. Discovery - which scores this film - is probably in my top 5, nay my top 3 albums of all time.
So stick it all in a pot bring to the boil and allow to simmer, and you have a delicious Ani-Punk stew which serves up to, I don't know, all the people ever who have a foot to tap and a heart to flutter.
Have I sold it to you yet?
There's not much to say about this except that it's pure enjoyment from beginning to end. The colors and imagery are amazing. Everything looks so fucking cool. And, oh yeah, it's soundtracked by Daft Punk's Discovery, one of the landmark albums of the '00s from one of the biggest and best musical acts in the world (for the three of you that didn't yet know).
I'm pretty sure it's impossible to watch this and not smile or want to dance at some point during it. The story, while excellent and satisfying in how it plays out, simply serves to aid the music. Which is fine, because the idea behind it all is so simple that it can sometimes be easy…
I often say in my reviews that I usually dislike films that are mostly all style and no content.
The problem with those films is that they spent all their time and resources on getting the best style, but forget everything about content.
Thats why in my opinion Interstella differs.
The director was merely using the style to tell his story. Thus the content only helps to add to the style.
I also have to add if one does not like Daft Punk, he is not going to like this film at all.
The entire film is silent, with only Daft Punk's Discovery playing throughout the whole film.
Character do not…
Short Review: I only bought this for its potential value as some kind of music video stuff I could play in the background while I do other stuff. Above all, Daft Punk is cool.
The actual story is pretty neat; there are no words spoken, so it's all just the visuals laying things out. The animation is pretty neat, I can dig the anime stuff. Not sure if it's really that good of a match-up with the specific songs, but it's still neat overall.
On a side-note, it's amazing to see how far smurfs have come. They evolved from weird little critters in some guy's back yard, to tree-worshiping natives on some hostile planet, to rock stars that sing and dance to Daft Punk. My respect for blue people has grown...
June Challenge - Film #5
"One more time,
We're gonna celebrate,
Oh yeah, all right,
Don't stop the dancing."
If you love Daft Punk or the Discovery album then you're going to love every second of this. It's essentially the whole Discovery album with an hour long music video, it's absolutely beautiful. The story fits so well with each song, plus the songs are just epic on their own, it's a perfect combination.
This is also the first time I've liked the song "Nightvision", I always it served no purpose on the album but no I actually quite like it, which is awesome.
DAFT PUNK RULE!
I can't wait till my kid is old enough for me to force this movie on him. He's hoping he'll love it!!!
Still as great as ever.
I'm not a fan of anime at the best of times, but this should make me rethink my opinion of anime films I've previously turned my nose up because they were probably better then this musical mess.
WE CAN'T STOP-PAHHHH
Old Daft Punk and anime
Wanna watch and listen to it One More Time and to do that Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger :)
A necessary experience for any fan of Daft Punk. It'll make you want to play the record just One More Time.
Words cannot describe how flawless this is. Even with Discovery coming out prior to its release, to be able to craft visuals and an entire story around an album, and make it work so effortlessly, must have taken tremendous amounts of creative energy. More than I could ever fathom. The fact that it's soundtrack is entirely daft punk makes this 5000% times better. I'll never grow old of Interstella. It's that one movie that i use as a pacifier to calm me down, and make me happy. I'll keep it with me no mater where I go.
Bela dramatização em animação do sensacional (como todos os outros) disco Discovery do Daft Punk. Apesar de não ter todo o apuro técnico encontrado em animes de longa metragem, Interstela é mais do que um filme com episódios sincronizados às faixas musicais. É uma história simples mas emocionante que captura o espírito do álbum e da dupla de humanos/robôs e ainda dá umas cutucadas ao demonizar (literalmente) a indústria da música pop.
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