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Rakestraw’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
The animation style leaves a little to be desired, but the story more than makes up for it. OK...maybe not the story itself, but the execution of said story. Yeah, yeah...the execution more than makes up for it.
Perfect Blue's narrative touches upon a number of points, little seeds of ruminating possibilities, relating to identity and agency (among others). All of them interesting, unfortunately it gets itself stuck in a bit of a recordskip De Palma k-hole of perpetual awakening.
Was it dream? Is it real? Let me know when you cease the slight-a-hand happenings.
Two aspects put Perfect Blue over the edge for me:
1) That incessant vocalization score layering throughout several scenes...that grew increasingly unsettling. It was fantastic.
2) That ghost-float-hop-skip was unnerving as well. That, coupled with the vocalization terror-layering score, was serenely disturbing or beautifully terrifying.
Plus, I found the violence unsettling as well...which usually doesn't happen with animated films.
The ending though. Come on now.