Avalon ★★½

One of those "wanted to like it so much, but..." films. As someone with an interest in gaming and perceptions of reality, along with being eager to see what Mamoru Oshii would do with live action, I had high expectations that unfortunately were not met.

Poor dialogue and stilted performances removed any chance of empathy or emotional engagement with the central character (Ash), the use of a sepia palette in & out of game removed any separation between possible reality & virtual reality. I just didn't care what happened to Ash, or anybody else, and saw no motivation for any of their actions.

On the plus side, there was a lovely Bassett Hound :)