movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PEOPLE: A film directed by Satoshi Kon, who died this year — so we’re watching all his stuff.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]→ Old lady wastes life chasing after man who was actually dead most of the time. Filmmakers exploit her dying moments; dementia hallucinations ensue.

VISUALS: There is a surreal element, as the characters interviewing this elderly movie star end up being drawn into her story — much like what happened in The Last Action Hero. And various time periods look different — the stuff that happens in the 40s/50s is very desaturated, almost black and white. Lots of care was taken by Satoshi Kun to get things to look right.

MORALS: Learn when to give up! That’s what I got out of it. [highlight for spoilers]→ She may have enjoyed the chase, but she wasted her whole life on unrequited love. Lame.

CONCLUSION: Too random. Felt like ‘what was the point’ a lot of the time. Seems to be more of an emotional string puller. Reminded me of The Last Action Hero if it were a sappy romance. Carolyn actually liked it, and thought it was an interesting story, but thought it was not as well-executed as Satoshi Kon‘s other movies.

Clint: Netflix: 2/5 stars. IMDB: 5/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6.6/10 (a low 7).

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 7.9/10, Netflix: 3.6/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.4/5 stars–well, at least they knew we’d like this less than average).

RECOMMENDATION: Satoshi Kun completists and hopeless romantics might want to check this out.

SIMILAR MOVIES: I can’t help but say The Last Action Hero, even though the characters and plot are completely dissimilar. It has the same gimmicky “being sucked into movies” kind of feel.

MOVIE QUOTE: “The part I really loved, was chasing him.”

Mood: fuzzy
Music: Theatre Of Tragedy – Hollow-Hearted, Heart-Departed