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An uncomfortably understated exploration of the aimlessness and violence of generational misunderstanding as three generations of a black family struggle and fail to understand each other. Who can blame them? Through decades of radical shifts and supposed social gains and obfuscated economic losses there's nothing that can be said that wouldn't break hearts and end relationships. Church going folk right up against people caught in the beginnings of the modern carceral state and everyone suffers. All that's left is a restless wandering as people reach for ideas and words and struggle to believe them and relay them.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
For a show that is known as the dark magical girl show, Madoka has always felt incredibly hopeful, and this movie was no exception. A surprising coda to the show, a finale that allows the space for the sacrifices to be redressed and the suffering to be made whole by asking for a radical reimagining of what's possible when martyrdom is abandoned for a healing vision of selfishness.
Also, it just looks incredible. Truly the best Madoka has to offer.