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Watched, among others:

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

It sounds like damning with praise but it was nice? Loved the creatures and special effects, and the story itself has a lot of potential (I can see why sequels are forthcoming, and not just because of the franchise thing). Also, kind of weird to say this after 8 Harry Potter films, but it's just fun to see adults doing regular magic without thinking that at any moment, the big bad was going to kill everyone. Well, I guess that big bad does make its presence felt at the end but that was expected. And how much do I dislike the fact that Graves was discovered to be Grindelwald? Gah. Graves as duplicitous bad guy was growing on me.


Your Name (trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRfHcp2GjVI)

Which was all kinds of awesome and easily one of the best movies I've seen this year (though I've mostly seen blockbusters all year). I thought at first that it was going to be a quirky romantic story that makes use of the oft-misused body-switching schtick, but the plot was better than that. The point when the characters find out what really, really happened, and my heart was breaking when I thought that was it, no more true love. But luckily that was only the halfway point...

The artwork is great, though not very distinctive. That's all right, though; what really shines is the storytelling. And what I really loved was how it went into the local traditions of Mitsuha's hometown, going very micro in one part of it, linking traditional rituals and beliefs with the characters, and then, as the plot unfolds, connecting all of that with macro themes of love and longing and emotional ties. It's lovely work, a tiny bit sentimental without being preachy. And the plotpoint has kumihimo braids! I adore that part of it so much. I love how Taki regularly wears a girl's hair ribbon (a kumihimo braid too, I think?) around his wrist as a bracelet. Actually at one point I was trying to figure how to do my hair the way Mitsuha did.

I have to say that Mitsuha's (and Taki's) and her friends' attempts to stop the disaster would probably not have worked in any other place other than in Japan, because safety drills. In any other movie I'd have been seriously thinking how the heck they're going to persuade people to comply with evacuation instructions, because humans are stubborn. I guess it works if you're in Japan.

Date: 2016-12-02 08:34 pm (UTC)
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
From: [personal profile] ceitfianna
I felt the same about Fantastic Beasts, it was great to go back to the world and I like what was created. But the plot ended on an uncomfortable though beautiful note.

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