5 stars - extraordinary
4 stars - exceptionally good
3 stars - good
2 stars - not good
1 star - why
Not sure how I feel about the apparent thesis, which felt like a retread of Shawn of the Dead, and even apart from that, felt kind of self-evident and a bit inane? But I like boring observational movies, and this did a good job of being barely-narrative (in a good way). Some great black comedy in what is basically a series of observational, sometimes absurdist vignettes.
They sort of struggled to find enough "types" to fill the roster of 12, but they did do a great job of timing out the beats and playing characters off each other. All the actors did a good job with their roles and it just came off as the kind of thing you'd love to act out scenes of if you had access to a theater class like the one in Barry (or is that just me).
The script pacing,…
Let's be clear: the unconscionable carpet bombings by the US of the Japanese mainland and the use of the atom bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were unimaginable crimes against humanity.
At the same time, however, that Japan was the victim of an uncontrovertibly racism-inflected, imperialistic approach from the US, it was conducting its own deeply racist project of imperialism in the South Pacific.
You would not know that from this film.
This film works very hard instead to present us…
oh sure, when hideaki anno runs out of money three times in a row it's "art," but when this prescient work anticipates every multimedia franchise approach of the next 30 years it's "bewildering" and "not a movie" and "an inexplicable series of decontextualized images and scenes within scenes quoted by scenes set to music for no discernable reason", I see!!! Creamy Mami WHOMST? Everyone who wrote their thesis about Vocaloid or otome game CDs or 2.5d fandom can go HOME and hang their heads in SHAME!
(not gonna lie I legit loved this. i NEVER want the full backstory.)