Animation today is so completely different than what I grew up with. I watched movies like “The Fox and the Hound”, “Peter Pan”, “The Jungle Book”, heck, just about every Disney movie you can think of. Now we have computer animation, stop motion animation, 3D animated films and the incredible world of Pixar. Most of these movies are still geared towards kids, but some can be enjoyed by adults. Very rarely do you find an animated movie that is meant mainly for adults. The new movie “9” I believe is something that the older generation would enjoy more than their children would.
9 is a story set in the future in which machines not only battle humans for control, but completely decimate the human race. Like I said, not necessarily a kids movie. Before all of the humans are killed, one professor makes 9 small figures that he transfers part of his soul into in hopes to bring them to life before he dies. He hopes that these figures will carry on the history and some semblance of life to the planet. After the 9th one is created, the professors dies along with the rest of the human race.
Each figure has their own personality and look and they all have a part of the professor in them. One has his strength, another has his wisdom, one his sense of adventure, and another has inherited his scientific mind. They all find each other and realize that they need to band together to stay alive and safe from all of the violent machines that wiped out the humans. It is quite a creative premise and imaginative story. The visuals are absolutely mind blowing and some of the mechanical creatures they have created creeped me out. I can’t imagine what kids thought of them. My only issue was that I wanted more of the back story. How did the professor think up the creation of these figures? How was he able to imbue them with part of his soul? The movie was only an hour and nineteen minutes so they could have spent some more time fleshing out the back story a little further.
All in all, this was quite the creative film and unlike anything I’ve seen before in the animation world. It reminded me of anime however it wasn’t quite as stylized as they are but it certainly was more creative than most animated, and even some live action, films that we get in the States. Prepared to be visually dazzled and let your imagination grow with the possibilities.
Script. This is the basis of all films that come to the screen. The movie making process begins with the script and the script itself can make or break a film. No one knows this better than Quentin Tarantino. He has become a master of amazing scripts. His way with dialogue, phrasing and characterization is an art unto itself. Look no further than his list of films and you can see his talent. So, it came as no surprise to this reviewer that the script for Inglorious Basterds was the star of the film. There are prolonged scenes in the film that have absolutely no action however the tension, emotion, and drama are seen, heard and felt though the incredible dialogue Quentin has scripted.
The story here is set in World War II in Nazi occupied France. A group of Jewish Americans are brought together to form a team called the Inglorious Basterds. Their only objective is to show no mercy for any Nazi they encounter and have as little regard for their lives as they have for lives of the Jews and possibly take Hitler out in the process. They are lead by Lt. Aldo Raine, played magnificently by Brad Pitt. This is a role unlike anything else Pitt has played and seems to relish the comedic and devilish aspects of the character. The prize for the best performance of the film goes to Christoph Waltz’s Col. Hans Landa. Every scene that he is in, he absolutely steals the show. He becomes the villain of the film and he is one that you love to hate. I was wanting to see him die even more than Hitler. This could be the breakout film for this actor and has lead to his being cast as the villain in the new Green Hornet film currently in progress.
Most people won’t go see any of Tarantino’s films for whatever reason. Some would claim that his films are too violent or the language is too foul or some other excuse. The thing is that they don’t realize that he is a film lover’s director. He makes films for people that love films of all kinds. He always seems to pay homage to cult, horror, action, kung fu, drama, comedy, B, and other films genres all within the confines of one two hour movie. His love of film is observed in every frame, sentence, shot, musical note and look of each scene. The same holds true with this film. You can tell that he treats his films like his children. He lovingly molds them both visually and in the words that are spoken and he is able to get truly amazing performances out of his actors. I’m a huge fan of his work and this movie just makes me a bigger one that I was before.
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