By this point I'm pretty sure Disney can make a thought-provoking and inspiring film in their sleep; yet I was still surprised that this bright and colourful animation still gave us adults and kids, a lot to think about our society. Early April, even with my busy schedule at the time
By this point I’m pretty sure Disney can make a thought-provoking and inspiring film in their sleep; yet I was still surprised that this bright and colourful animation still gave us adults and kids, a lot to think about our society.
Early April, even with my busy schedule at the time I managed to squeeze in time for two big films: The hyped Batman vs Superman and the hare-hopping detective tale called Zootropolis (aka Zootopia). I went in not really knowing what to expect. Despite going for the talk at the Apple Store and even after watching several trailers; I don’t think I ever anticipated the direction or the general premise of the film. I was a bit taken back with the light nods to tumblr-esque political correctness then the heavier commentary on racism and the current racial tensions in the states, due to racial profiling and the corruption within the police force; while still being packaged as a very family friendly and “Disney”. My final thoughts as I left the cinema were: “Wow! What a very clever film!”
Life’s a little bit messy. We all make mistakes. No matter what type of animal you are, change starts with you.- Judy Hopps
Zootropolis (released as Zootopia in America) is a buddy cop 3D animated feature-length film by Walt Disney Animation Studios. Zootropolis follows the story of a young bunny, Judy Hopps from the rural town of Bunnybrow; who finally fulfils her childhood dream of becoming a cop. Graduating at the top of her class and as the first bunny ever to become an officer; She is selected to start her career in the infamous Zootropolis, under a programme that encourages change and integration between prey and predators. When her potential as a cop is doubted by her boss Chief Bogo- she is very early on assigned to parking meter duties, but Judy’s heart for justice and quest for adventure, entangles her in a missing persons case with a hustling fox by the name of Nick Wilde. Together the two must find a missing otter, and uncover the truth behind the disappearances of so many predators.
Zootropolis is a clever little film that is both poignant, thought-provoking and hilarious. It is timely in its commentary of prejudice and exclusion and encourages acceptance, faith over fear and the inclusion of others. With the current events in America, in regards to police brutality, Zootropolis does a swell job in getting the little bunny from the backwaters of Bunnybrow to become a cop and a cheating and conniving fox to help her on her mission.
There are so many things that the story of Zootropolis does well, and it deserves every bit of praise from critics. You walk in expecting a very simple buddy cop animated comedy, but leave having learnt something significant. Zootropolis is definitely a tale that subvert stereotypes, brings attention to them and later flips them on their head. If you have already seen the film you can tell this by a certain assistant mayor who plays a rather large role in the film. Zootropolis is quite an uplifting and enjoyable film that brings the message of change and acceptance to the forefront.
There are so many fantastic nuggets of wisdom laced in this film, such as a scene after a mistake Judy makes, Judy’s boss Chief Bogo reassures her.
Judy Hopps: I came here to make the world a better place, but I think I broke it.
Chief Bogo: The world has always been broken. That’s why we need good cops.
The film is insightful and for the hour or so of viewing gives you time to actually think on these matters, if you hadn’t done so before. This quote in and of itself I personally feel is a grand message to those who are in the police force, to choose doing good over doing wrong, to remind them why they are police officers.
Judy Hopps is not your typical Disney character, because of who she is you’d think all the odds should be stacked against her, but she overcomes this and you can’t help but continually root for her. She is a loveable character who doesn’t end up needing a prince charming, she is not damsel in distress and she doesn’t do what she does for the sake of family. She loves her job, she believes in it and she loves Zootropolis and the animals of Zootropolis and sincerely wants to protect it.
Nick Wilde, Judy’s partner in justice is incredibly loveable. He is witty and has quite a charm to him. it was nice to see his character type take a bit of a back seat in this tale, because often it is the Nick Wilde’s who are the main characters. But the two share the right amount of screen time, that presents them as equals while still letting the audience know that it is in fact Judy who is our main protagonist.
Also does it make sense to ship a Bunny and a Fox? Zootropolis is not a romance and has not even a single hint of it, but there was just something really touching and sweet about the relationship between Judy and Nick. Outside of the fact, that they were both used as characters to help the other out of their prejudgment and bad experiences with predators and prey. Man, they make such a great team! I am normally against Disney making sequels, I just don’t believe in Disney making sequels but this is the first Disney feature-length animation in 10-15 years, that if they ever were to make a sequel for, I will gladly watch. I am interested in Nick and Judy, I am invested in them enough to want to know more of their crime busting tales. A sequel for Zootropolis can actually work, there is enough material for it to make it work.
Every time, I comment on the animation for a Disney or Pixar film I find myself having less to say because I am always saying the same thing. So from now on I want to make more use with the animation section of my reviews and look at 3 key features that were done especially well. Some films have fantastic facial animation, with others there are some great physics that will come into play while some are more playful in their body language and movements. As Zootropolis is a film set in an anthropomorphic society, you see some really interesting movements, a greater emphasis on acting with emotion and their relationship to their environment. There are two or three scenes which I believe to have been done really well; The first scene is when our newbie police officer Judy Hopps is arriving to Zootropolis and we get glimpses into the different environments and habitats of the city. The second is the scene above, for some reason the ambience, the body language between Judy and Nick is really something else and the third scene is when Judy and Nick manage to find the driver who was a key witness to their missing persons case.
What I adore about Judy’s character animation is that there is always a little hop to her step and a bit of bounce to her movement. When she is alert, excited, startled or frightened her ears raise up and when she is calm, relaxed even sad her ears will flop down Nick is quite shifty in the way he moves, which is right for the “sly fox”. When the two first meet, they tend to feel quite tense around one another, the distance that they keep, whether they are facing one another when speaking, their movements and facial expressions are so thought out and natural
The next topic I would like to look at would be the physics in the animation, things that are supposed to jiggle, jiggle, an elephant walking has this weight and heaviness to their walk that indicates the largest of the character. Mice scurry in their walk, and tigers and lions wag their tails or have it sway. Everything is always moving. When it rains, it pours and when it is sunny, you get some really lovely lighting effects that make sense and let you know clearly what time of day it is. In the scene I posted above, the shuttle things like the mist in the limo is wonderfully done, as in something so subtle really sets the mood of the scene and adds to the tension.
I don’t know what it was this time about the design that was a lot more captivating. All the animals are anthropomorphic and they never cross a line of feeling too human or too animal. Everything is just right and I quite like that. They aren’t animals who act like humans taking up a human world, where they will turn back to being just animals once the humans aren’t around. but it takes their concept of what if humans didn’t exist and animals evolved so faithfully.
In regards to the palette of the film, colours are bright and very vibrant. It is a nice film to look at. And there is something about the use of texture in the film that really makes it stand out. Just looking at the animals, you just want to grab and touch them and they are true to what animals should look like. The character designs still feel human enough that we can relate to. There are plenty of films that have animals as the leads that just never make a connection with the audience. It was nice seeing them take certain features and really pushing them in the character design to really emphasise their species and their personality.
But I really have to tip my hat off to whoever was in charge of the colours in the film. They really draw you in and represent the diversity and the message of Zootropolis.
The score for the film can feel very jungle themed at first and there are a lot of drums! We also get a nice little song from Shakira called, “Try Everything”.When I first heard the song, prior to watching the film, I really was not so much a huge fan, it has grown on me enough that I can say it is an alright song that suits the theme of the film. There are also blends of action music that suit the film noir genre particularly if you have a listen to “Hopps Goes (After) The Weasel”, an instrumental during Judy’s chase scene of a thief. As the film progresses, so does the music evolve and shift to more music that fit in with the emotion or setting of a scene. I also wish they had done a bit more with the music and experimented and fused together different genres, as they did with Shakira’s “Try Everything”.
I really enjoyed Zootropolis and I had so much respect for Disney after viewing. Racism matters to me and it looks very different to what it looked like 100, 200 and definitely 300 years ago, and they took something so complicated and very touchy, and packaged it in a way that even the most simple of people can understand and sympathise with.
A simple film noir themed animation did what a lot of films and articles fail to do and it was done with such skill and handled with a lot of love and care. Judy, Nick and the animals of Zootropolis weren’t just another set of mouthpieces blaring out the social catchphrases and chants of today, but I genuinely cared for them, their stories and relationships with one another.
Shipping Judy and Nick aside, I mean their on-screen relationship really was a goldmine. While Zootropolis doesn’t make it on my top 5 list of best Disney films ever, it is a credible film I would highly recommend to anyone reading this. There’s so much humour and cultural relevance that speak volumes of just how much we have progressed as a society and just how much we haven’t. Whether it was Disney’s intention or not, I am still very grateful that this film was also a conversation and an acknowledgement of our reality.
https://youtu.be/DmaDeUGrIpc So next month we will finally be graced with the long anticipated Angry Birds movie. I have to mention that it was in fact a friend who reminded me all about it, and since we have decided to make sure that this is a must watch in our cinema list,
So next month we will finally be graced with the long anticipated Angry Birds movie. I have to mention that it was in fact a friend who reminded me all about it, and since we have decided to make sure that this is a must watch in our cinema list, it would also be worth posting the trailer here as something that should be on your must watch list as well.
Inspired by the Finnish video game franchise that gained immense popularity after its debut to iOS in 2009. The bird flinging fortress crumbling game is now a film produced by Sony Pictures Imageworks and follows the story of a rage filled Bird by the name of Red who uses his anger to rally up a team of other birds to get their eggs back from the wretched Pigs. Angry birds looks like it will be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to view this one. The graphics look amazing , the plot so far seems like it will be well structured and purposeful; and it is very pleasant that the character designs are still familiar and have not departed from the original birds we have grown to love over the past 7 years.
https://youtu.be/qD5nxTgOQ8Q?t=30s From the beginning of this blog, I have been quite preoccupied on covering reviews and pretty much neglected the second half of this category, which is previews. I will be making an effort in the next couple of months to cover animated films that will be coming out, what I take
From the beginning of this blog, I have been quite preoccupied on covering reviews and pretty much neglected the second half of this category, which is previews. I will be making an effort in the next couple of months to cover animated films that will be coming out, what I take from their trailers and my opinion if it is one to watch or not. To start here is the trailer for The Secret life of Pets. I came across the teaser for it about a year ago I believe, and it is something I was really looking forward to. As I finish up a few projects, you will see trickles of posts here and there, and I will get a chance to settle back into my old schedule!
The Secret Life of Pets is a 3D animated feature length by Universal’s Illumination Pictures, starring Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet and Kevin Hart. The story centres in on a little terrier Max (Louis C.K) who absolutely loves his owner Katie, but one day he finds his life disturbed when Katie brings home a large new sloppy friend by the name of Duke, and that is when their adventure begins. From what I take from the trailer, its looks like we are up for a witty take on the life of a pet, and the humour so far seems promising plus I most mention the cute and vibrant illustrative style!
Although, my compliments for it are a-plenty, it does feel like a rehash of Toy Story except everyone is an animal.
The Secret Lives of Pets will be in cinemas on 8th July 2016 in the United States, but for us over here in the UK we get it a two weeks earlier with it being released on June 24th 2016.
A Shinkai masterpiece and a work that truly perfects his craft. 5 Centimetres Per Second is a touching romance that doubles as a slice of life filled with unrequited love, growing up and regret. 5 Centimetres takes the best elements of Shinaki’s past films and combines them beautifully in an episodic film
A Shinkai masterpiece and a work that truly perfects his craft. 5 Centimetres Per Second is a touching romance that doubles as a slice of life filled with unrequited love, growing up and regret.
5 Centimetres takes the best elements of Shinaki’s past films and combines them beautifully in an episodic film that warms the heart. Centred around the theme of cherry blossoms, this masterpiece gives you plenty of eye candy. The narrative is poetic and I genuinely cling to the lives of our three characters: Takaki Touno, Akari Shinohara and Kanae Sumida
Episode 1: Cherry Blossoms
It is the 1990’s when our story starts and it is a time before facebook, twitter, whatsapp, Line and Kakao; mobile phones weren’t prevalent, Skype didn’t exist and the internet wasn’t what it is today. So you could imagine the easiest way to communicate with others would be to meet them face to face, write letters or use your home telephone. Takaki and Akari are in their final year of elementary school and they are walking back home in the streets of their neighbourhood during spring. The cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. Akari presents a fact to Takaki
Hey ….. They say it’s 5 cm per second.
A puzzled Takaki inquires further and a young Akari lets him know it is the speed of falling cherry blossom petals. This sets up the rest of the episode as we revisit Takaki, a year later in middle school. Akari has moved to the north of Japan and Takaki has continued his education in Tokyo.
They write letters to one another and after a full year, they finally plan to meet again. Takaki provides some backstory on how himself and Akari originally became friends. Both were used to their parents moving a lot and both were victim to a poor immune system, so they spent much of their time together in the library. They pretty much thought they’d be together forever but it wasn’t long till Akari would provide Takaki with the unfortunate news, that her and her family would be moving again. This time up north… way up north.
During Takaki’s journey to meet Akari he becomes reflective over the things he wish he had told her.
Agreeing to meet Akari at 7, their meeting is delayed due to delays on the train he has his journey on. He doesn’t reach his destination until 10. Akari and Takaki are surprised to see one another, both had thought one had given up on the other.
When Akari looks up to see Takaki, this is really the most poignant moment in the entire film and is also my favourite scene. The tears that trickle down her face as she clenches his coat and the quietness that fills the space between the two has purpose and you are caught up in their emotions as best friends who haven’t seen each other in awhile and as potential lovers who are just on the tip of starting a relationship. When they begin to eat together; the setting is isolated to a boiler and their seats with everything else fading into the darkness, this really draws focus on this precious moment and this scene is much better portrayed than the train scene we got in The Place Promised In Our Early Days.
Silence is difficult to master in film especially in animation. If the silence comes at the wrong time or the duration of it is too short or too long, a touching or even a relatable moment can become awkward. However, the silence between Takaki and Akari worked out so well, and even for the kiss scene, you felt their nervousness and anticipated this moment. The framing and silence produced the right amount of tension that communicates the feelings of the characters clearly. It is the spring of love for these two but the representation of winter was a great juxtaposition in letting the viewer know that unfortunately this will be a love cut short. As Akari said in her letter she had hoped originally “Spring would come with Takaki” however spring was late.
Akari holds back on giving Takaki her letter and Takaki had his blown away by the wind. Both are left never really saying what they feel. Takaki leaves with a heaviness of wanting to protect Akari.
Episode 2: Cosmonaut
Takaki has moved south of Japanand is now in high school, he is quite popular and part of the archery club. Kanae Sumida, a classmate to Takaki has had a crush on him since she can remember and, we learn of her habit of waiting for Takaki by their parked mopeds.
Through the eyes of Kanae, we see how Takaki has held on all this time to his unrequited love for Akari. Through several misunderstandings, we are led to believe he has continued to keep in contact with Akari, but it is soon revealed that all this time he sends text messages to no one; only ever using his phone as a means to jot down his thoughts.
Takaki has these dreams of a faceless woman he feels at peace with, and his regrets manifest into his habit of sending text messages to no one; He is unable to move on from his feelings for Akari and desperately clings to his past.
Kanae, notices his longing for something or someone else and comes to the realisation that she can’t offer Takaki what he is yearning for.
I felt like cosmonaut was the saddest episode out of the three, because it is riddled with disappointment and the theme of being unable to reach “the other”.
While the imagery of the rocket being sent into space should have been a moment to encourage either one of the two, instead it emphasises the feeling of separation and the lonely trajectory that their lives are going in. Harping on the fact, what we sometimes hope for won’t always have a chance to be.
But despite this message what frustrates me the most about the episode is just how similar Takaki and Kanae were in regards to their needs.Yet I admire Kanae at the same time for realising soon enough that Takaki wasn’t about to look at her the way she wanted him to and as a result avoided even more heartache; Despite the great set up Kanae had to confess her feelings for Takaki
Cosmonaut upon viewing can seem like the most boring episode out of the three, but I would like to argue, it is the episode that requires the most attention. It speaks the loudest about unrequited love and longing, and it plays around with perspective; Whilst introducing some beautiful settings and visuals, and like that summer is over and we get into autumn.
Episode 3: 5 Cm Per Second
Episode 3 is the shortest out of the three episodes and really wraps up our story in a nice little bow.
Takaki, now an adult notices the falling sakura petals, and the story goes back a few months to that winter. Takaki has just been dumped from a relationship of 3 years and he has become a smoking zombie who quit his job and lives his everyday just getting by. His regrets have taken a toll on his life, hindering his ambitions, relationships, habits and work. This episode really gives us a moral of the story on the fate of those who hold onto their “Should have, Could have, Would Haves”.
We get a glimpse into an adult Akari’s life. She has completely moved on and is engaged but as the audience, we still get the satisfaction of her take on events. She had held back on giving Takaki her letter and sincerely hoped he was living his life well. On her way to Tokyo she is reminiscent of the time she met up with Takaki. The two have moved back to Tokyo. Alari moving back due to her fiancé being from Tokyo and Takaki moving back in hopes to meet Akari again.
Via montage we learn that Akari, stopped sending him letters out of awkwardness from thinking that maybe he had completely moved on, but he was always waiting for her letters. She too kept a look out for him.
One spring afternoon, crossing a familiar railway crossing, both walk past someone familiar. They turn back to catch a second glimpse but a passing train cuts their view. Takaki stays to see if that person is still there, only to see that she has already left. With this Takaki lets go of his regrets and feelings and finally finds the strength to move on himself.
Animation and Design
The animation was so well done, it brought tears to my eyes. No awkward movements, no unnecessary actions and it was all paired with a design that continues to be the highlight of any Shinkai production.
There are an array of colours that spark the screen, and there is a natural feel to all the seasons and their qualities, from the bitter cold of winter, to the washes of pink that appear for spring. The choice of palette is amazing and well thought out.
The character designs while simple, fit in well with their surroundings. It reminds me of a nugget of wisdom from a comic artist who said if you have detailed backgrounds keep the characters simple and if you have simple backgrounds you can add more detail to your characters. You never want to have everything detailed, but you need to have contrast in order to draw the right attention to a composition or in this case a shot. Shinkai proves that this does indeed work.
Once more Tenma collaborates with Shinkai on this production and the music finally felt like it had a home, the score feels purposeful and we have just the right amount of it at the right times. But I have to say the star of the show was the credit song “One More Time, One more Chance” by Masatoshi Yamazaki. Never has there been a song that wasn’t written for a film that still fitted and addressed the storyline so well, as this ballad.
It is a song that really packs a punch and paired with the montage at the end, you as the viewer are in that moment filled with the sadness that Takaki has been feeling all this time. All your emotions are drummed up for this moment to then come to a natural release at the final guitar strum. If a film was written around a song, then truly 5 Cm fits the bill.
The characters are relatable, I want to care about them and Thank God, this time around I am allowed to care about them. Their stories are very real and incredibly touching. In an hour it addresses familiar and important themes that are so often overlooked or mishandled, yet an animated production pulls it off to a great success, by even giving us a very down to earth ending that is a reality for many. 5 Cm is really a testament to the genius mind and courage of Makoto Shinkai.
I could completely relate to the themes addressed in the film, mostly of longing and disappointment. I remember the feeling of being unable to say goodbye to my best friend back in primary school and that feeling bothered me well into my teenage years until I finally reconnected to them via Facebook (of course). You don’t have to be an anime fan to get this film, you don’t even have to be super into animation to be touched by it. It tells a story and it tells it really well with visuals that make it hard to ignore. 5cm per second shows the power of regret and the effects of a wish come true. It started with a simple desire to see the cherry blossoms sometime together again, but in regards to their relationship they were stuck in a winter that never seemed to end. Takaki and Akari were star crossed lovers, destined to meet in passing and their reality like many of us viewing, will be the eventual drifting away from those we thought would never leave our sides.
If there is one thing I hope you get from this review reader, would be what can be achieved if you don’t give up and continue to improve your work. 5 Centimetres Per Second for me stands as the best of Shinkai’s work, and hits all the right notes: in its music, animation, characters and storytelling. It has been 9 years since its release and this film simply has not aged. I can not recommend 5 Centimetres Per Second enough. It is a MUST watch whether you are an animation fan or not!
Known in Japanese as 雲のむこう、約束の場所 (Kumo no Muko, Yakusoku no Basho) transliterated in english “beyond the clouds, the promised place". The Place Promised in Our Early Days is Shinkai’s first feature length. Watching it what were my thoughts? Story and Characters The dramatic sci-fi with a blend of romance takes place in an
Known in Japanese as 雲のむこう、約束の場所 (Kumo no Muko, Yakusoku no Basho) transliterated in english “beyond the clouds, the promised place”. The Place Promised in Our Early Days is Shinkai’s first feature length. Watching it what were my thoughts?
Story and Characters
The dramatic sci-fi with a blend of romance takes place in an alternate timeline and revolves around the lives of 3 friends Hiroki, Takuya and Sayuri and a promise they make to one another to one day fly their self built plane called the bella ciela to the Hokkaido Tower, a prominent monument built by the soviet union that separates the Soviet Union owned North of Japan from the US occupied South of Japan.
Three years pass and along with it the disappearance of Sayuri. Hiromi and Takuya go their separate ways and discontinue building their plane the Bella Ciela. Takuya lands a job as a physicist at a scientific facility supported by the United States, and on a daily basis he is exposed to researching about parallel universes and the Hokkaido’s towers involvement to them. Hiroki attends high school like normal but overwhelmingly depressed ever since the disappearance of Sayuri. But it isn’t long that the two friends discover a secret about their friend Sayuri that connects her to the Hokkaido Tower.
When I look back over the ending of The Place Promised in our Early Days, I can’t help but feel like it had so much untapped potential. I felt like the film wasn’t too sure on what it wanted to be. While a sci-fi military romance isn’t something that has never been done before, The Place Promised in our Early Days in my eyes didn’t do it well. When I think of The Last of Us -a hit third person shooter set in a zombie apocalypse, it is a game that didn’t do anything new but did what has already been done really good, and I mean ridiculously good. Unfortunately, lens flares, and shallow depths of field just didn’t cut it for The Place Promised in Our Early Days, and it couldn’t get away from its many many holes.
40 minutes in I clocked out of the story completely, and the story seemed to almost remove itself from our 3 protagonists for a good 10-15 minutes, with a lot of filler that stretches out the UN’s intentions for the giant pillar that separates the north and south of Japan. As soon as the story went back to our 3 protagonists so did my attention, and believe it out not i still understood the story without having to pay attention to the filler.
Far too many stills and text saying giving details on location and time skips. Why is a 4 months later even necessary? Just skip
All the character interactions felt dry and limp, with no real conflict or personality that shines. I just couldn’t really care for Hiroki, he was the dullest stick out of the bunch and I found Takuya and Sayuri much more interesting characters than him and the story probably would have had some justice if he was scrapped completely. The only time the characters feel fun to watch would be as kids.
I was really frustrated with watching this because characters in a film are the key ingredient to a film/story. Everything is there to highlight their personalities and lives and when you pay more attention to the setting than your characters, you have a rushed scene no matter how pretty it is and it is a massive let down especially when you have a minute of silence for no reason and for some reason it doesn’t feel as beautifully executed as Miyazaki where the scene with Chihiro on the train felt like it came at the right time and even served the plot of the story, but for the place promised in our early days, the scene felt frustrating and felt like a scene added just to fill time rather than a provoking or intentional moment.
It is common knowledge amongst fans that the ending to the place promised in our early days is very ambiguous especially when you have a prologue that seems to serve no connection to the film outside of being an opportunity for the main character to mourn his youth and middle school crush as though this was a sequel to voices of a distant star. While it plays an interesting set up it completely falls away, at first I forgot all about it and it wasn’t until I read another review they brought the fact that there was even a prologue.
I understood the ending and I don’t think it was hard to understand either, especially when you ignore the good-for-nothing prologue. Sayuri loses her memories and her feelings for Hiroki but it was an opportunity for them to start over now that they are adults. I can understand that if you were one of the few who remembered the prologue it would be baffling to try and tie the two together, maybe it was an alternate reality, maybe Sayuri goes her own separate way, there were just too much maybe’s that loosen the plot.
I wish this next section would be in praise of the animation, but unfortunately this won’t be the place for it. Something, that I found absolutely unacceptable was in a scene with Sayuri and Hiroki talking on the train and they were both motionless figures with dots for eyes and the only thing that moved were their mouths. It was a really frustrating scene where they spoke for 10 minutes and only their surroundings were highly detailed but stuck in an animated loop.
The animation and character designs were significantly better in this compared to his previous short Voices of a Distant Star and I have to say the cinematography really wasn’t something to be ignored, the choice of shots and close ups were really lovely to look at and really if you are none the wiser to film studies and animation you’d probably pass it off as amazing, but really trust me when I tell you, Shinkai offered us a lot of eye candy, there was no pot of gold at the end of this rainbow.
The ending song was composed by Tenma and if I am honest it did go unnoticed for most of the time, scenes that could have used a bit of background music were left bare and made the scenes boring, and this film really was a testament that music makes a wealth of difference to how a scene may be received. However in the end nothing was really memorable for me musically especially when the violin holds a bit of significance to the story or did it?
Our early days did well to look at topics such as loneliness and depression, and the challenges faced advancing into adulthood. However at times the flow of the film felt scattered and wasn’t much of a interesting viewing. While the attention to detail on the settings, objects and cinematography was better than anything hand drawn Disney can produce, it was let down by flat characters and a half baked plot that saw its characters as touts for the authors thoughts rather than just as characters with well formed lives and personalities.
The Place Promised in Our Early Days for me has to be my least favourite and with it being Shinkai’s first feature length, the thematic structure that he heavily relies on just didn’t translate all too well in this animated feature.
My disappointments with this film isn’t so much that I am disappointed with the storyline but in its characters, even a dull story can be brightened by a lively and dynamic cast of characters. I had remembered at some point actually watching the film but somehow someway I erased it from my memory completely and I now know why.