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Raised by Wolves

Gaki: writing myself Real

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Originally published at Chamber . You can comment here or there.

I think that out of the group I went to see this with, I was pretty much the only one who was basically rapt throughout. Purely for the visuals, you should see this no question. IMHO it’s easily comparable to Bakshi’s Wizards or Dark Crystal in terms of the strange vivid world it creates, and superior in its pacing. (Pixar usually has some more clever verbage to accompany their wonderful art, but when my worst criticism is that Pixar is better, it doesn’t hardly feel worth mentioning). They keep things simple.

Basically, I resonate strongly enough with the art direction, and the theme of broken creatures struggling to put themselves back together in a relentlessly cruel machine world, that I can’t really summon the will to crack on the occasionally uninspired dialogue without feeling pedantic or that it misses the point — I think it’s not impossible, for example, that Miyazaki films have the same weaknesses but they are invisible to many audiences due to the language barrier. It could have used a stronger-feeling redemption sequence — but I will prefer bleak to sappy-happy, if you’re going to err on one side or the other. Overall I had a blast. But I’m far from an objective critic - just a guy who adores weird stories, and 9 delivers that in spades. There’s nothing out there quite like it.