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Perhaps I would have liked it more if it didn't have the pretence of ...
on 17 June 2015
This is a film of the most stunning and realistic animation. For beauty of postcard-worthy snapshots, it raises the bar. 5/5 stars - no two ways.
So why only three stars? For me the narrative, such as it exists, fails. Perhaps I would have liked it more if it didn't have the pretence of a storyline. Some of my favourite films are short, so I was more than happy, on the basis of an amazonian recommend, to get this one, which lasts only a little more than 45 mins. I have to admit, I've got rid of it. It was nice while it lasted, but left an after-taste of profound dissatisfaction.
Also, it seems to have a 12-rating entirely because of an incongruous teenage outburst - F*#~!, F*#~!!, F*#~!!! about halfway through. Swearing in movies? - go right ahead if it fits with the narrative and the audience. But this is a film I might, otherwise, have shown to our 4-year-old. Maybe it's just the English - should have watched it in Japanese, even if I only know "Konnichiwa" ............ and "Sayounarra".