I was pleasantly surprised by this film; the story is engaging, the characters are wonderfully defined, and the domino-nature of the plot never once came across as hamfisted. What I found most compelling, perhaps, was how "normal" the story was. It's quite unlike any Anime film I've ever seen before (though my experience with the genre is minute, admittedly). There are no robots; there are no kaiju; there are no God-like children hellbent on destroying Tokyo - Tokyo Godfathers merely…
I love everything about West Side Story: the sets, lighting, and costume design; the music, songs, and dance choreography; Natalie Wood at her most vibrant; the troupe of dancers giving their all to each individual performance; and the social commentary, which beneath its precious exterior, is relevant and topical to this day. This film is not for everyone, but as an exercise in art, it is simply superb.
I am a big and long-time Coen brothers fan, but I must admit, something about this film didn't quite click with me. I can't put my finger on it exactly, but if I were forced to guess, I would have to pinpoint both the plot and the tone of the story.
The plot is awfully ponderous and convoluted for how simple it is (the same story was achieved to great effect in Yojimbo), and at times, the film is played…
This is an esoteric, challenging film and upon my initial viewing, I'm not quite sure what I think. Put simply, my thoughts are all over the place. It is fantastically realized yet at times seems aimless. And yet, it is also without question a statement on morality, religion, faith, and life. What those statements are, however, are up to interpretation.
I didn't know what to expect going into this film but can say that it wasn't quite this. The story…