Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Film Week

A review of the films I've seen this past week.

A beautiful Japanese animated film about a woman who falls in love with a man who can change into a wolf, and is left on her own to raise two children with similar powers that are hard to control. She moves into a small community away from the rush of the cities, and we follow her life as she attempts to provide for two rapidly growing with supernatural abilities. The depth and breadth of the emotions this movie generates are surprising and very, very rewarding. It's one of the best animated films of the last couple years, and pretty much blows away every animated film I saw last year. One of the most wonderful things fantasy can do is take our daily problems, exaggerate them, and make us re-examine what it means to be human beings. This film does it so well, and creates such fully realized characters, gets us to invest our emotions in it, and brings us to such a place of understanding... It's one of the most moving films I've seen. ****

MEN IN BLACK 3 (2012)
A decade after Men in Black II, and unfortunately the goofy charm and profound silliness has mainly become another day at the office. It's not a routine sci-fi action flick--and I'm surprised to find out that Will Smith still has it in him to be likable--but it's not special the way the first two were. (Yes, I'm sure you disagree, but I loved those flicks.) Still, it's a fun movie, but except for Michael Stuhlbarg's fun turn as an alien out of time, it's not a whole lot more. You could do worse for blowing off a couple of hours, though. ***

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