Thursday, September 09, 2004

Ghost in the Shell: Innocence

How many ways can i express my disappointment in this film. It is a tragic waste that the most beautifully crafted anime film ever made (and i've seen quite a few of them) is in service of such an unnecessarily dense and overly ponderous story.
80% of the dialogue consists of characters quoting literature and philosphical tidbits which i would not have a problem with if were properly meshed into the texture of the story. Instead it is an oxymoronic tableaux of explicit subtext in search of a film.
Unfortuately the visuals which consist of a Bladerunner-esque futurisitic megalopolis and Darryl Hannah-type leathal pleasure model robots can only please the eye,. The brain is bored when it should be stimulated by the expressions of the nature of man and his empathic connection to his own DNA.
Oh and the movie has the most well realized animated dog since the Triplettes of Belleville.
The midnite madness program begins with a stunningly beautiful thud.


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