A really funny run of the mill bodyswap film. I thought the main character's family issues were a welcome touch that added to her depth and the supporting cast of characters and love interest were pretty memorable too. My only 'issues' as such was how the third act lent too far into fantasy for me, if the whole film had been at that level of bonkers it would've worked but given the magical moments were pretty muted up until that point it just felt a bit jarring. Nonetheless a marvellous watch and full of that anime wackiness I just adore.
For what is essentially a condensed version of the first half a dozen episodes of the show (thankfully not as hyper condensed as Death (True)²) with a nice jazzy face-lift this is still really enjoyable. It covers most if not all the major beats from those episodes from the brilliant action set pieces, to Shinji's existential dread and even teases us with the more abstract and cryptic moments the latter half of the show had. I can't wait to dip into the rest of the films in this 'Rebuild' series and hell I'm half tempted to revisit the show after this.
WHO THE HELL GAVE THIS FILM THE RIGHT?!?!
From the promo on the homepage of Netflix I assumed this would be a mediocre Big Hero 6 rip off. Hot damn I was wrong. It hits a lot of the same beats but is surprisingly mature in its storytelling. The animation and overall aesthetic was just sublime! I love the chemistry between the lead characters as well and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't blubbing towards the end. I went in expecting a campy mess but this flick packs one hell of an emotional gut punch.
This is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. From the iconic opening to the mysterious end I was completely hooked. Carpenter's direction and score are both so finely tuned and compliment each other perfectly. The little touches such as The Shape's raspy breath just enhance the experience as well. I love Loomis and Lourie both characters are so distinct and loved seeing how their narratives tied together. I'm so glad I finally saw this classic and if the upcoming sequel is even half as good as this I'll be happy!