Monday, June 24, 2013

[Movie] Nerawareta Gakuen

It's rather intriguing to watch two movies back-to-back (this and Kotonoha no Niwa) that both have stunningly gorgeous visuals while accompanied with a somewhat heart-wrenching story.

The pace of the movie is interesting and confusing at the same time. It alternates between fast and slow, intense and relaxing. It is good in a way that the slow parts of the movie never get long enough make you lose focus, but at the same time, the transition from fast part to the slow part leaves a rather unsatisfactory feel because it winds down a bit too quickly that gives you a feeling that the climax was never quite reached its full potential.

As far as the plot goes, in my opinion it's confusing at best. While it did the whole blending central plot line with relationship side branch pretty well, they never fully explained the whole power thingy to full satisfaction, nor did they bother to explain the relationship of various important side characters (like the father, mother, grandpa business).

While I somewhat enjoyed the movie, I have to say I honestly wouldn't recommend this to everybody outright. If you want to see a visually gorgeous movie and don't mind some minor details left unexplained in the end, then you'd probably enjoy it. But if the minor lack of coherence bothers you, then I'd say just leave it.

Drama: 82 (Fast and slow)
Comedy: 83 (For what it had)
Action: 91 (Well made)
Art/Animation: 96 (Gorgeous)
Sound/Music: 88 (Good)
Character: 91 (Interesting, but slightly confusing)
Plot: 84 (Mostly coherent but with details left unexplained)
Ending: 78 (Unexplained stuff)

Overall: 82 - Pretty, but with flaws


ExcelisInAnime said...

I have heard you need to watch the original movie too..Since this was, noticeably , a sequel to the original movie. More plot becomes clear (or appears clearer) if you watch the previous one ;)

The Evil Cat said...

you mean the live action movie? There are like three versions of them...