So Anima turns out to be PTA and Thom Yorke's representation of contemporary urban life, that feels something akin to Pink Floyd's The Wall but where Yorke stumbles around the tube and abstract spaces like a hobo Mr Bean.
I dig it.
It's long and bloated and incredibly callous with its own internal logic and structure but it's kind of glorious selfcelebratory nonsense to such a degree that alot of it by the end really didn't bother me due to the sheer number of "FUCK YEAH" moments throughout the final hour or so. Very funny, very moving, occasionally shocking but always silly and fun. Fanservice done right.
The film sustains anxiety in the unknown, and the film has many genuinely frightening and unsettling moments throughout thanks to incredible editing and sound design. While not every element of the film fits together perfectly, they are very much artistic liberties and means to an end that only add to a film that is very open to further reading; in particular an ending which may leave many to decide on whichever context it bares itself to. The Babadook is a…
Besides a climactic third act that ties things up a little tighter than anticipated, this is a more than solid enough crime thriller with great performances to boast. The "what if?" scenario of a Stieg Larson style villain entering the real world is compelling if not totally convincing by the end, but its the character focus and deconstruction that really sets this one apart. Its a much darker and more morally questionable film than you'd ever expect it to be, and yet another example of Hollywood trying to catch up to the quality of the latest Nordic drama phase. At least, this is done well.