learning french through film
Did not enjoy this movie! I got out a lot of relevant thoughts on my Intouchables review (a movie that came out within a year of this one). This is the kind of "unlikely friendship" stories that they don't make anymore, or not as much, because our understanding of race relations as evolved and also because the general liberal optimism has transformed into something more complex. All that being said, I was prepared to approach this movie on its own…
In theory interesting, and I was somewhat on board for the first thirty minutes or so. Unfortunately, this is one of the most excruciatingly long 70 minute movies I've ever seen. The lively metaphysical banter morphs into listless navel gazing right around the time our mediocre main character meets his manic pixie dream girl. Overall pretty insufferable, but luckily not too long. There are some signs of life scattered throughout the screenplay but gray, flat shot compositions and a lethargic story made it hard for them to stand out.
Filled with sakuga, beautiful backgrounds, and the very peak of 90s anime character designs. There are so many big names working on this movie, including Hiroyuki Okiura, Satoshi Kon, Hisashi Eguchi, Katsuhiro Otomo, Takeshi Honda, and others. I think the reason it's not as well known outside of hardcore anime circles is because the story is weird as hell. This movie eschews any traditional structure to just tell this weird story with 2-3 different focuses (technology can't replace human kindness;…
One of those movies that doesn't make a lot of sense at first glance, but actually ends up shockingly coherent in the end. Yes, this is a surreal black comedy, and it earns both of those adjectives, but that isn't to say that it's overly obtuse or nonsensical. The main "joke" here is the observation that in modern society (take that descriptor as you will), people will inhabit the roles that are forced upon them. They might be a little…