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La tortue rouge (2016)
A long short. Simple, beautiful, worthy of the Studio Ghibli stamp.
The movie is visually stunning and conceptually intriguing.
Animator Michael Dudok de Wit has had the improbable chance to make his feature-length debut in partnership with studio Ghibli, and with full artistic autonomy. The result is one hour and a half of purely visual narrative. A bold choice but with no doubt one that works out beautifully. The result is simple, fresh and beautiful, and definitely worthy of the Studio Ghibli stamp.
However, leaving the theater, I had the peculiar impression of having watched the world's longest short. It's an observation that's neither positive nor negative, at least I've been unable to define whether this is an accomplishment or a weakness. That is to say : the film might come off as a bit light, but at the same time, its single-topic approach is elegant and truly enjoyable to watch, and beautifully poetic in its way of finding big stories in the simplest of things.
Anyway, a debut that makes us very curious where Mchaël Dudok de Wit will take us in his future work.
X: First Class (2011)
Average movie. Typical time-passer.
I went to X-men as a time-passer and it delivered more or less the expectation.
Though it touches on easy clichés and flat acting every now and then it is a solid event-based movie. A bit a 007 without the witty charm and self- irony but plus a varied range of comic book characters (both in human and a super human character).
For people who understand either German or French (and undoubtedly this'll be true for our fellow Russian-speakers too): expect some nerve-wrecking moments.
On the whole, a time-passer that won't leave you sitting on your chair in awe until the end of the titles, but won't leave you feeling too sorry for your money either. 5/10