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|09.23.06||Alamo South Lamar||This Screening is part of event: FantasticFest 2006|
So next up was a completely different kind of animation and much higher expectations. For those that know my interests with design and the stuff I do for my mixtapes and medialife website, this movie's visual aesthetic is 100% right up my alley. All stark black/white stuff with occasional dips into the monochromatic spectrum but for the most part it's either black or white and yes the whole movie is that way.
So visually, I thought it was quite stunning. Pretty much every shot if not every frame could be paused and shown as a poster or a page in a design book I thought... seeing it moving varies between really impressive and detail overload since your brain is doing so much work to interpret the shapes...
Unfortunately, at least for me, the story was fairly weak. For one it was too complicated... and maybe the story itself is actually not that complex at all, but for me... after deciphering the image and figuring out which character was which (they tried their best to distinguish between people, either with haircuts or wardrobe or body shape or whatever, but it's still tough to tell them apart when you see so little of them), following the actual scene always left me a little behind and a little disconnected. It's weird but for such a visually compelling movie I found myself bored in a few places. I just couldn't follow the story and when I could, i wasn't that interested. It's a pretty typical sci-fi cop mystery sort of story... like Minority Report or Blade Runner, set somewhere around circa-2053 Paris.
Again, I hate to call this movie bad because i was so turned on by what I was seeing. Still though, I left the theater pretty unfulfilled due mainly to the story. I remember when the first Sin City footage was released on the internet and some people complained, saying the movie should be the artwork through and through... I think this is a good reinforcement to the direction Rodriquez took with it... While it is pretty, it gets in the way after a while.