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Akira (1988)

AKIRA_(1988_poster)

Genre: Sci-Fi, Animation, Action/Adventure

Cast: TETSSSSUUUUOOOOOO!!!, KANEDAAAAA!!!!

Synopsis: A teenager who is also a member of a biker gang in dystopian Neo-Tokyo acquires psychic powers after a run in with an anaemic child. With his new powers, he sets out to release the mysterious entity known as Akira.

I’m back! That’s right loyal readers. I have returned to you after a five week sojourn to the USA. It must have been very difficult for you to process my absence. Lord knows it kept me awake at night. I am sure you have asked yourself, fist shaking at the sky: “Why did Baked leave us?” The simple truth is I decided not to update my blog while I was in the US for one key reason: I didn’t have access to weed. I didn’t want to compromise the integrity of my method…if ‘integrity’ is the right word. I would hate myself if I didn’t stay true to the basic tenets of this blog; namely get high and watch movies. Fortunately, I am back in London where the weed is plentiful and the police don’t give a rat’s ass. For my first review back, I’ll be reviewing the anime sci-fi mind-fuck classic: Akira.

If you thought Paprika and Perfect Blue were bat-shit insane, then you were right. However, as Japanese game shows have demonstrated, there is no limit to the sanity black hole that is Japan. Akira is a film that reflects that generality. The film is set in a dystopian Tokyo in 2019, 31 years after a nuclear explosion destroyed the city. The city is overrun with juvenile delinquents on bikes and nut jobs. Throw in psychic sickly children who look like they’re 80 and things get weird very quickly. I’m talking giant killer teddy bears and an oversized throbbing tumour monster. For the last one, imagine an inappropriate Power Ranger villain but with added sexual symbolism.

Zedd2Although I always thought Lord Zedd was inappropriate for that reason

Although the weirdness is certainly a hallmark of the film, the thing that makes Akira a brilliant film is that it speaks to sentiment that is 100 per cent Japanese. To date, Japan remains the only nation that has had a nuclear weapon used against it in war. In 1945, two Japanese cities were wiped off the map. Akira is a film that is very theme heavy with the central ones being: the fragility of civilisation and cities; the repercussions of using God-like powers for destruction; capitalism and urban wealth inequality; adolescence and coming-of-age; and spirituality and rebirth in the modern age. When watching this movie for the first time, these themes may escape you because it’s such a complex movie and that’s nothing to be ashamed of. I watched Akira for the first time when I was 15 and only ‘got it’ when I was 22. However, it’s still worth the watch and the re-watch because the themes this movie tackles are still relevant for today’s world and will continue to be so for a long time. Also, let’s not forget that Japan is hosing the Olympic games in 2020 so I fully expect Akira to actually happen by that time.

The amazing thing about this movie is that it is over 25 years old and it still holds up by today’s standards. The animation is as fresh and remarkable as it was when it was first released. I don’t think anyone could ever dream of criticising how Neo-Tokyo was designed: it’s a sprawling metropolis with shining lights and gleaming towers as well as dark corners and decay. The level of detail is, quite frankly, astounding and no scene does the craftsmanship justice quite like this one.

While the visuals are just as amazing as they were in the 80s, the sound effects have maybe aged a bit. I mentioned something similar in my review of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. However, you can’t let these small blips ruin what is an otherwise brilliant film. My advice to you readers is that you should watch this film as soon as possible, as a US remake could be on the way. The remake has been in development hell for years but that could change soon so you’ll want to experience the original before Hollywood shits all over it by including heavy-handed 9/11 references and Milla Jovovich in a skin-tight cat suit.

High-lights:

  • The animation. Wow. That is all.
  • Complex but not without reason. The film is all about nuclear war, evolution, and spirituality in an age crippled with capitalism.
  • Probably the best representation of romance in an apocalyptic scenario. I always find it weird how people are always shagging each other at the end of the world in these sorts of films….surely the characters have other more important things on their mind…like not dying.
  • Watch it with a friend and assign roles so that one can shout ‘Tetsuo’ and the other one shout ‘Kaneda’ at appropriate moments.

Downers:

  • Poor Kaori. Poor, poor Kaori. She got clothes-lined by a guy on a motor bike. That’s got to hurt.
  • Slightly outdated sound effects.

Summary:

When you first watch this movie, you might not get it. In fact, you might hate it. However, I am begging you to come at Akira with an open mind and maybe a little context because if you do that you will see why it’s such an important moment in Japanese cinematic history. Sure it’s a weird film, but when that weirdness comes together with purpose it becomes art. That’s what this film is, pure and simple: it’s art.

10/10

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A Letter to Momo (2011)

A Letter to Momo

Genre: Animation, Drama, Comedy

Cast: Voice actors you will not have heard of

Synopsis: After her father dies, a young girl and her mother move to a remote island in southern Japan. While there she meets and eventually befriends three spirits.

The London film festival is a couple of weeks away and I decided to venture into bankruptcy by buying tickets for a few films. One film I will be seeing is a Japanese anime called Giovanni’s Island, which is a war drama and produced by the same company that did A Letter to Momo. I thought I should watch that film first to get a taste of what the company makes, and A Letter to Momo came highly recommended from my brother.

I was happy to find that the film, for the most part, is a slow-burning and thoughtful drama about a young girl coping with the death of her father. Before he died, she said some nasty words to him and he left her part of a letter. The only words in the letter were: “Dear Momo.” Momo and her mother then relocate to a rural Japanese island to start their life over but Momo has a hard time fitting in and she can’t stop thinking about what her father tried to write. Things get more complicated when she meets three troublesome spirits.

I think the thing I liked most about this movie was that it looked and felt very Japanese. In some anime films, including some Studio Ghibli films, the directors and animators take inspiration from the works of European writers, animation, and architecture. As a result, the films sometimes lose their Japanese-ness. A Letter to Momo is different. For starters, the film is set in a rural Japanese community in an area of the country that isn’t often shown in films. The whole thing screams Japan: the environment, the houses, even the sound. I’m told that the only thing you can hear in Japan in the summer is the sound of cicadas. Even the spirits are based on traditional Japanese folklore and artwork…you know the kind, right? The really beautiful ornate pictures on the scrolls.

Japan fart artSuch beauty!

My point is, if you want to see a movie that captures a slice of Japanese life that you have not seen before then A Letter to Momo is a good option. Plus, it skilfully avoids the other aspects of Japanese life that are perhaps not so attractive, like tentacle porn or teenagers with weird fetishes.

OctopusI could have gone a lot weirder than this so be thankful

If I were to level one criticism at this film it would be that it does not have a strong finish. I won’t spoil the ending but will simply reveal that it’s too saccharine. It’s a bit of a disappointment considering that the film does a great job of building a coherent, sophisticated, and emotional drama. It’s hard to make a drama that engages a parson’s sense of empathy but to make a cartoon that does that is a damn sight harder. That’s why it’s such a shame about this film’s ending. It was so well until it got about 90 per cent of the way through. I’ve seen worse endings for sure but it still could have been handled better.

High-lights:

  • A very sophisticated drama with the right amount of comedy injected at all the right places.
  • Beautifully animated.
  • Shows a part of Japan that western audiences may not be familiar with. I’d love for my commute to be on a boat!
  • I want the house that’s in this movie.

Downers:

  • Disappointing ending.
  • They’re going to kill the baby boars!!??

Summary

Despite my criticism of the ending, I still think that A Letter to Momo is worth your time. It manages to marry drama with wit, which is not an easy thing for any film to do. If you’re looking for an unusual and unique animated film then this could definitely be up your street.

7.5/10

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The Garden of Words (2013)

The Garden of Words

Genre: Animated, Drama, Romance

Cast: Kana Hanazawa, Miyu Irino

Synopsis: A teenage boy meets a drunk lady in the park on a rainy morning and they strike up an inappropriate relationship.

One thing I love about Japanese films is that they continue to push the boundaries of what is really “appropriate subject matter” in film. As I am sure you all know, I have a fondness for movies which I can categorise as “WTF Japan” and, thanks to director Makoto Shinkai, I now have another movie I can add. The Garden of Words is the melancholy story of a (clearly sexually confused) teenager with a foot fetish who skips school on rainy morning to go sketch shoes at Shinjuku Gyoen park. One day, he runs into a lady sat in the ark knocking back beer and pigging out on chocolate.

Freeze. Now, at this point, alarm bells would start ringing in the head of most normal people. This kid, however, is not normal and he and the lady strike up a friendship. The woman seems mild mannered enough. She’s not some kind of washed-out Las Vegas drunkard. Still, you know this lady has some problems because who the fuck goes drinking in public park at 9am on a weekday? Bitch, go to work!!! Anyway, one thing leads to another and he starts touching her feet. Cringe.

Despite the creepy and inappropriate premise, The Garden of Words is actually a sweet little film. I was surprised to find that it ran for only ran for a total of 45 minutes. It felt more substantial. Perhaps it’s because the film has a story with depth and interesting characters which help to build tension. Neither character lays all their shit immediately out in the open. Instead, their relationship grows organically and as they learn more about each other so do we. In a way, the relationship feels like a very real one. The two joke, poke fun at each other, eat together, and eventually come to rely on each other. Their true feelings shown only in poetic soliloquies as they go about their ordinary lives: riding the train, going to school, working. It’s a reserved film for the most part which is something I like. The ending is a bit cheesy, if I’m being honest, but I can overlook that.

As with Shinkai’s earlier film, 5 Centimetres per Second, The Garden of Words is exquisitely animated. The level of detail in the scenery is phenomenal. Moreover, it captures life in Tokyo as it actually looks. It was great to see Tokyo in perfectly captured in animation and, one thing is for certain, it is a city that looks spectacular in the rain. In England, the rain feels gloomy. In Tokyo, it feels lush and rejuvenating and this is mirrored in the characters’ own development. If anything, this film really made me miss Tokyo and if anyone is ever interested in going, then I recommend that you watch this film to get an idea of what’s in store i.e. women day-drinking in parks with men with very specific fetishes.

High-lights:

  • Seriously Japan. WTF? The story is perverse.
  • Intricate animation that blows competitors out of the water.
  • Well-developed characters and great dialogue.
  • Pimp-slap!
  • Yummy Japanese food.

Downers:

  • Cheesy ending, although the scene after the credits is nice.
  • Let me touch your feet on a park bench in broad daylight!
  • So……is she a kiddy-fiddler?

Summary:

The Garden of Words is an intriguing anime that manages to entertain with its story, characters, and animation. The characters’ relationship would be considered grossly inappropriate by most western studios and audiences (think Notes on a Scandal but without Dame Judi getting her lesbian freak on), but again it shows wonderful insight into cultural differences between Japan and the West. I’d recommend that you give it a go and, if you don’t like it, it’s only 45 minutes long so you won’t feel like you’ve lost a giant chunk of time which you will never get back.

7.5/10

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Perfect Blue (1997)

Perfect Blue

Genre: Thriller, Animation

Cast: Junko Iwao, Rica Matsumoto, Shinpachi Tsuji

Synopsis: Mima is a super kawaii pop star who goes through a psychotic episode when she tries to become an actress. As fantasy and reality spiral out of control, a series of murders take place and Mima doesn’t know if she committed them or not.

This is one of the films which ignited my love for anime. I remember first watching Perfect Blue around a friend’s house when I was about 13 or 14 and being completely blown away by its trippy-ness and complex storyline. When people think of anime, they tend to associate it with cutesy little characters with giant eyes making weird mewing noises and fighting the forces of evil while wearing inappropriately slutty costumes. If you do that then watch Perfect Blue and prepare to have your mind blown and your stomach turned. This film is straight up Hitchcock on crack and is probably the most gripping and psychologically tense movie I have ever seen.

The film follows a former pop idol, Mima, who decides to change career and become an actress. She wins a role on a TV series which is essentially a rip off of Silence of the Lambs but with added rape scenes…..yeah, this movie is THAT fucked. Anyway, the pressure of the job and the horrible scenes she is made to act out force Mima to go all Amanda Bynes. Things become all the more complicated when a crazy stalker rears his head and when a series of murders appear implicate Mima. Throw in some trippy scenes involving a glowing internet Mima who skips around Tokyo in the rain and you’ve got yourself a total mind-fuck of a film. Satoshi Kon delivers yet another classic.

I have seen Perfect Blue at least 10 times and every time I see it the film takes on a different dimension and I notice something new. This time I watched the film with my doctor brother who informed me that the film accurately captures a visual representation of a psychotic episode. There is something terrifying in that fact. What’s more, the realism takes a very disturbing edge when coupled with the eerie soundtrack which sounds like a horrific mix between moaning and chanting. Indeed, there are parts of this movie that become very difficult to watch and it’s not just because there are graphic scenes of murder or simulated sexual violence. It’s partly because you are witnessing a woman’s psyche break in a chillingly real way and it becomes impossible to predict what will happen next. Virtually every scene is injected with a sense of foreboding which is heightened by the realisation that absolutely anything could happen because the movie is animated. It can go in any direction.

I will level with you. You will find it difficult to follow Perfect Blue the first time you watch it. The film is roughly 85 minutes long and most of the middle 65 minutes will probably go over your head. The reason for this is that Perfect Blue utilises the ‘film within a film’ device and it does so to great effect. It’s hard for me to give you the facts without spoiling the film but I can tell you that, as Mima’s mind begins to crack, the audience begins to lose track of what is real and what is not. Fantasy and reality begin to blur together in a confusing fashion and it perfectly captures Mima’s own psychosis. Because of that fact, the confusion never feels out of place or annoying. The audience can instead identify with Mima which is an impressive feat considering she’s animated. Whereas the confusion in Mulholland Drive was the result of the fact that movie was bat shit insane and stupid, the confusion in Perfect Blue has a meaning to it.

As a final point, I will say that the pay-off at the end of the movie is worth all the confusion. The movie has such a crazy-brilliant twist at the end and you will not see it coming. It will leave you with your mouth hanging open. I would love to give you more details but I don’t want to ruin the ending because it’s one of cinema’s greatest twists. It’s definitely up there with The Sixth Sense, Psycho, or Vertigo. Plus, the twist will clear up all the confusion. When that happens and when the penny drops, I advise you to watch the film again just so you can see how intricate and well-constructed it actually is.

High-lights:

  • Perhaps the most Hitchcockian movie ever made that was not in fact made by Hitchcock.
  • The twist ending. God damn it’s so good!
  • There are two chase scenes in this movie which are absolutely mind-blowing. You will be at the edge of your seat throughout both of them.
  • It’s the sort of film that gets better with repeat viewings. Also, watching other people watch it for the first time is a lot of fun.

Downers:

  • Confusing as hell (but the ending clears it all up and if you watch it a second time it becomes a lot easier to understand).
  • The English dub can be sketchy in places but at the best moments it rivals the original Japanese version.
  • Some very disturbing scenes.

Summary:

This is without question one of my favourite films. If you love thrillers or brain-scratchers or surreal Hitchcockian films then this will be right up your street. I really can’t sing Perfect Blue’s praises enough and I hope I have managed to convey its strengths without giving too much away. On reflection, it was probably a bad idea for me to watch this a few days before I leave for Japan but I simply couldn’t resist. On that note, I will say that I leave for Japan tomorrow and probably won’t be able to post reviews in the next three weeks or so. Fear not, however, as I will return and when I do my reviews will be just as baked as ever.

10/10

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Wolf Children (2012)

Wolf Children

Genre: Animation, Drama

Cast: Aoi Miyazaki, Takao Osawa

Synopsis: After a night of wild sex with a wolf-man, a young woman gives birth to two children who are part human and part wolf so she moves to the countryside to give them a better life.

This is a weird movie. Even ignoring the part where the main character has sex with a wolf-man, there’s something very unusual and novel about this movie. When I saw the poster for it, I thought Wolf Children would be some creepy furry-porn which would allow sexually confused Japanese schoolgirls to cry “moe.” However, I was surprised to find a remarkably touching and human tale about a young mother struggling to raise her two children. It’s the sort of movie I am sure all parents can relate to and, even if you are not a parent, it will allow you to understand some of the choices your parents made when you were younger.

Typical to every movie directed by Mamoru Hosoda, Wolf Children is beautifully and intricately animated. The level of detail in some of the scenes is incredible. My favourite scene was the one where the wolf children play in the snow. I’m not an animation expert but I imagine that snow is one of the hardest things to animate and this movie manages to do it in quite an innovative way. Also, there’s something romantic about Japan in the snow. In London is just turns into a sickly grey slush and if you throw a snow ball you have about a 50 per cent chance that it will contain a dog turd or a needle. The great thing about this film is that it manages to maintain an element of whimsy, fantasy and beauty which is reflected in the animation. What’s even more impressive though is that the film manages to present that element of fantasy without compromising the film’s human core.

The characters and human drama in this movie are very well constructed on an emotional level. The grief the mother feels when her partner dies is heart-breaking and all the more terrible when you see there happy family life montage snapshot. Similarly, the scene where one of the kids falls in the river has a really good emotional impact. The writers and animators should be very proud of themselves for catching such a vivid depiction of humanity in a film which has such a crazy plot.

If I’m being honest, I think part of the reason I liked this movie so much was because I could see part of my life in it. When my mum and my dad divorced, my mum decided to move to the countryside to be closer to her parents and because raising three children in London when you’re a single parent isn’t exactly an appealing option. When I was really young, I loved living in the countryside. When I was a teenager, I fucking hated it and I could never understand why my mum decided to leave London. I started to understand when I began living in London. It was so easy to see my mum in the main character and also my twin brother and myself in the wolf children. Looking back on it, we were little shits…maybe all children are. Still, I take it as a good sign that I’m beginning to appreciate the actions of my parents. It makes me think one day that I’ll be ready to have my own kids. Now I just have to win the lottery because kids are bloody expensive and there aren’t any beautiful abandoned houses anywhere near me which I can conveniently occupy rent-free.

High-lights:

  • Beautiful animation mixed with touching and universal human drama.
  • I want the house that they live in so bad!
  • I also want a wise old fox as an animal friend. I mean, we get foxes her in the city and I’ve seen quite a few but I wouldn’t want to make friends with any of them. They’re just after the KFC in my trash bags.

Downers:

  • The feels! They overwhelm me at times.
  • The bestiality scene….this pic summarises my thoughts pretty accurately.

Summary:

It may not be quite as good as Summer Wars but Wolf Children manages to accomplish something similar: it manages to inject reality and humanity into a fantastical story. Beautifully animated and full of emotional impact, Wolf Children is definitely a film that should not be missed.

8.5/10

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Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984)

Nausicaa

Genre: Sci-Fi, Animation, Action/Adventure, Drama

Cast: The English dub has the voices of Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and Patrick Stewart

Synopsis: Nausicaä is a young princess of the Valley of the Wind who inhabits a post-apocalyptic world overrun by a toxic jungle and giant insects. Nausicaä must prevent a neighbouring nation from using an ancient weapon against the jungle and insects.

It’s been a while since I reviewed a Myazaki film and the other day I got a huge hankering for one of his older and more mature films. Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind was released in 1984(before Studio Ghibli was founded) and although the soundtrack/sound effects may be a little dated, the animation and the story are as fresh as ever and prove that Miyazaki’s genius will transcend time and be treasured for generations to come. It’s hard to pinpoint one thing that makes this film so special because it’s all so brilliant, complex and beautiful – as should be expected with any Miyazaki film.

One thing that I love about this film is its spiritual and environmental message. Unlike FernGully: The Last Rainforest which was heavy-handed with its environmental message, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind takes a more subtle route. Like one of Miyazaki’s later works, the film focuses heavily on human relationships with the environment and how greed, ill will and delusion drives conflict and poisons those relationships. Whereas FernGully features 80s pixies who help the forest grow with their songs about magical life-rain, the characters in Nausicaä are humans recovering from an environmental apocalypse who fear and resent the exquisitely animated toxic jungle which overwhelms the planet. Also inhabiting the planet are ginormous insects and the mysterious Ohmu which are kind of like divine crustacean-beetles. The message of the movie is that humans, the jungle and insects inhabit the same world and we need to learn to live together in complete balance.

In the midst of it all stands feminist-icon princess Nausicaä who must navigate all manner political and diplomatic hurdles while still managing to be a bad-ass. She flies, she’s kind, she fights like a demon and she befriends all sorts of cool animals. She’s essentially what I want my future-daughter to be: tough, kind, intelligent and principled. It’s rare to see this quality of heroine in today’s films, although tough heroine’s are a staple of Miyazaki’s films, just like multi-dimensional “almost-villains” which feature in this movie too. Nausicaä is the driving force behind the film and the audience comes to care for her deeply. In a way, she’s a greater hero than Ashitaka in Princess Mononoke because she’s a lot more accessible and less pious. The audience develops with her and as her understanding and respect for the environment grows so does ours.

As mentioned before, the soundtrack is a little bit dated but, if you love 8-s electro sci-fi music, this won’t be much of a problem. The film’s composer, Joe Hisaishi, is every bit as gifted as Miyazaki and he created a mind-blowing soundtrack that perfectly complements the eerie and desolate landscape in the film. If you’re baked, the music becomes otherworldly and reverberates in your body. It’s really a wonderful experience. Although the music may be a little outdated, nothing else in the movie is. The animation is as crisp and mesmerising as ever and the film’s central themes are arguably more important today than they were 20 years ago. I seriously advise everyone to watch this film with an open mind and, if you do, then prepare to be astounded.

High-lights:

  • A beautifully animated dystopian future that almost feels Tolkienian. It’s even more incredible considering the film is 20 years old!
  • A well-rounded main character who is a feminist icon.
  • The important environmental message.
  • Scenes of remarkable beauty. In my mind there are two stand-out scenes. The first is the scene in which Patrick Stewart’s character discovers Nausicaä secret garden which is all glowy and pretty. The second scene is the one in which Nausicaä flies over the desert and sees a lone Ohmu watching the sunrise.

Downers:

  • The soundtrack may annoy some people.
  • The pacing could have been tighter in places.

Summary:

I think that this movie could appeal to a wide audience because it is essentially a mish-mash of lots of different genres weaved seamlessly together to create a visual and well-plotted masterpiece. Please don’t write this movie off because it’s an anime and because it was created in the decade of stylistic horrors which was the 1980s. If you watch this movie I guarantee that you will be pleasantly surprised.

9.5/10

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Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

Bedknobs_and_Broomsticks_poster

Genre: Kids, Animation

Cast: Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson

Synopsis: Angela Lansbury plays a witch in training who takes in three young guttersnipes evacuated from London during WWII and together they go on wild journey to find a magical artefact which will defend England from baby-eating Nazis.

When it comes to movies which evoke a sense nostalgia, in my opinion nothing beats this 70s classic musical which is essentially a low-budget Harry Potter. I remember watching this movie again and again when I was about five and it was my first exposure to the awesomeness that is Angela Lansbury. My phone has Angela Lansbury saved in its autocorrect and I am proud and thankful for that. Bedknobs and Broomsticks has everything a young kid could possibly want in a movie: songs and dancing, low-budget magic affects, animation and Angela fucking Lansbury.

Although probably not as popular as Mary Poppins, Bedknobs and Broomsticks offers something that movie doesn’t: cold, hard grit. Whereas the kids in Mary Poppins are spoilt brats who complain at the end of the movie because their coked up au pair won’t tell them she loves them, the kids in this movie get threatened with a royal shanking on Portabello Road. Not only that, Angela Lansbury gets cunt-punted by a pair of magical shoes and David Tomlinson gets accosted by a gaggle of English prostitutes. This movie offers more than your typical Disney fare.

At its heart though, this movie does have a wonderful message. If you pay attention to it, you can see that his movie is teaching kids about the magic of books and reading. Thanks to books, the children are transported away from the sadness they face in their lives when they are evacuated from London during WWII. These kids go on all sorts of awesome adventures and save our fair virgin isles from the masochistic phallic bigotry that was Nazi ideology. In my opinion, getting your kids interested in books is one of the most worthwhile things you can do. If your kid can sit quietly for a while reading a book, they’re set for life…not least because they can defeat Nazis.

Seriously though, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is crazy-whimsical. How can a movie with animal football/soccer not entertain and delight? If you’re looking for a film which will enable you to rediscover a sense of childhood adventure and wonder then this is the film you should watch.

High-lights:

  • Angela Lansbury. I love her. There is a video on youtube of her doing morning exercises and affirmations. It’s from her exercise tape from the 80s or 90s. When I get old that’s what I want to do, make some bullshit exercise tape that is so inspirational and bad at the same time. I also want to be Jessica Fletcher. She just travels around writing crime fiction, solving murders and accusing her friends and acquaintances of committing those murders. Such a charmed life.
  • Beautifully constructed sets.
  • Wonderfully charming songs. I now walk up Portobello Road singing the Portabello Road song.

Downers:

  • [SPOILER ALERT] In the end David Tomlinson goes off to war and it’s sad to think he may have died in battle.
  • Although I sing the Portobello Road song every morning, I’m not accosted by Indians and Scottish dancers which spoils it a little. Now it’s all just yummy mummies and expensive coffee shops. Where are all the prozzies and gangsters threating you with a shiv?

Summary

If you watched this movie as a kid, you were one lucky fucker. I look at kids movies today and some of them are so shit. Turbo? Planes? Seriously, what the fuck is that shit? These movie studios need to get schooled Angela Lansbury style. Anyway, I digress. This is a great movie to be stoned for but if you get so stoned that you begin to think your bed is moving and taking you to a far off place, you’ve probably gone too far and it could get really freaky.

8/10

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