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oh so beautiful
on 15 May 2013
The sumptuous colours and superbly drawn setting combine with a majestically catchy song which sucks you into the world and bodes incredibly well for the rest of the film. You are only at the intro and already you will be salivating, sure the pessimist inside you will think `brilliant intro but it must surely go downhill from here' something about climaxing too early. To a mix of great relief and joy you find yourself journeying into a brilliantly realised world which is bright and wonderfully stylised.
We are brought into a world built upon what must have been a prosperous technologically advanced civilisation which stands now only as ruins and long forgotten chambers buried deep within the ground. Nature and time have consumed it all, until we are introduced to a girl who has been in suspended animation since before the fall of `civilisation', though as we find out she is not the first.
The general theme of the film should be familiar to anybody with a passing interest in anime, in that it is a case of forest v humans of a military bent v humans with an interest in peace. It is a well worn plot in these sorts of film but it forms a nice strong base for a very interesting story which is solidly laid out.
The film is thoughtful but it does have an action gear which switches on as we are introduced to the idea of enhanced humans. The film feels like a cross between final fantasy 7 and Panzer Dragoon Saga in terms of atmosphere and visuals there are shades of these two games in the storyline as well, which in my opinion should warrant immediate purchase by anybody with a passing interest in these two classics of story led games.
There are scenes which mirror studio ghibli's Laputa almost exactly, in fact the last 30 mins are almost a perfect reflection of that films finale, it does feel like a respectful homage rather than blatant rip off, and it has such a strong character itself that you might not even notice the similarities; it took me a second viewing to notice.
The musical score is also worthy of a quick mention it completes your total immersion and is always beautifully majestic.
Watching this film makes you wish you lived in decaying buildings overrun by plants, because it sure does look beautiful, or at least this film manages to make it look that way I suppose in real life you might get put off the idea quite quickly when you realise that your crumbling house has let water in and made the grass you are sitting on all soggy.