on 11 June 2008
Some of the reviews already here suprise me - one person saying "don't buy this expecting a children's film, watch out before you rent" - well that's what trailers and the internet are for? Researching before purchasing. Also, not forgetting the big "18" label on the front stating this. Also the term "manga" - I am a massive Japanese animation fan, but this is NOT manga. This is animation. I hope people agree with this statement! I don't want to ramble too much about these reviews, but it doesn't take much for the human brain to look into a film before release and viewing, and giving it 3 stars because it wasn't something they were expecting - that's not a true review.
On a personal level, i found the film envigorating - never have I seen a film so beautifully constructed with live footage and animation. Something completely different here - I love the style of the animated characters - for August, he is drawn more "rugged", and Mia is drawn with innocence in mind. You can tell from just the drawings the personalities of each character.
The storyline is dark and morbid, but has elements of beauty with some shots wonderfully designed. Yes, the story has a somewhat "Leon-esque" feel to it, but "Princess" does not really interprit the same, only elements - you can tell the film is influenced by the story. People here saying it's basically the same - Leon was a great film, so why the negativity?! The only flaw I have to say about the film, is that I feel it was cut quite short and loses it's capturing essance only 10 minutes from the end. It was a suprising end mind, but it just seems slightly "rushed". However, I thoroughly enjoyed it - it's a mix of something quite disturbing but likable and I generally found the characters to be captivating, which is an important element in animation.
Also a promising Danish director - someone to look out for in the future.
If i could give it 4 1/2 I would :)
on 30 June 2008
I bought this movie by sheer accident on pay-per-view when I pressed the wrong button on the remote control - I thought, oh well I'm stuck with it now so I might as well watch it. And I am so glad I did. Completely wonderful from start to finish. I absolutely loved the old-style animation and for me it was far more powerful than the animation we see so often now in movies like 'Shrek' for example - not that 'Shrek' or its ilk are bad, but I just found the gritty style much more compelling visually. This is definitely not a film for kids, but it features possibly the cutest cartoon-girl ever in the adorable Mia, and the story is poignant and so emotional that you often forget it's animation. The subject matter is uncomfortable at times, and there are moments of brutality, but I didn't find the violence gratuitous. There has been mention of 'Leon' and I too thought of that movie whilst watching this, but the similarity really ends there as the relationship between Mia and August is very different. A skilful and brilliant piece of film making, well written and engaging, and I'm not ashamed to say I did cry at the closing scene. My only regret is that it finished so soon. Highly recommended.
on 28 February 2012
I'm a big fan of movies that deal with uncomfortable or taboo subjects. Very adult and mature topics are either touched upon indirectly or explored in the film and Princess does well to minimise gratuitousness when it comes to the hardcore scenes. The story of a man so hell bent on achieving his goal, that he is willing to sacrifice everything he previously believed and built his life around.
I picked this up sort of by mistake whilst searching for Anime in HMV a good few years ago and I'm so glad I did. Being taken along the ride of a good man feeling forced to make difficult choices left me constantly re-evaluating August (the lead character).
Personally, another stand out characteristic is the fact it's in Danish with English subtitles which is a completely new perspective for me which really drew me in and made me love the film even more.
on 19 March 2008
I thought this was an excellent film - "Princess" is not a children's story about a fairytale princess, but rather a strong story about what happens after the death of a woman who's name in the porn industry was "princess". Her brother looks back on his childhood with the princess and on what happened to bring her to her early death. He trys to look after his niece (who is the only innocent in this tale) but also wants revenge ... not surprisingly a happy ending is not what they find. I would recommend this - but not for kids. Why it is being marketed with "Howard the Duck" is beyond understanding: a more different film is hard to imagine!