Paprika ★★★★½

Rewatching this crazy gem made me arrive to a conclusion: Satoshi Kon grabs material for a film that tells way too many ideas. However, his personal ambition is too big that his pride won't allow him to separate all of those ideas into separate feature films; consequently, he puts them into one single feature. That is why Sennen Joyû felt so universal and nostalgic, and that is why Perfect Blue felt pretentious. In the case of Paprika, it is its ambition the one that does not allow the material to be fully explored, something that inevitably makes me chop half a star off. Even so, the execution is outstanding, and the dream sequences, besides surreal, were effective and believable. This is the closest you will ever get to the interpretation of the dream realm.


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