So I Watched Summer Wars
by, 7th July 2011 at 02:39 AM (498 Views)
It was great. I smiled and I cried. I went into this movie with no expectations and was rewarded with a sincere, or almost pure story. I say pure because the story seems like it was dreamed up just because it would be fun and interesting-not because it would get sales or critical acclaim. The type of thing where money is a key deciding factor in the way a narrative is forced to cater for everyone is one of the reasons Hollywood movies have become so tiresome for me. I won't build up Summer Wars by saying that it was awesome (even though it was) or that it was a touchingly pure portrayal of family life (even though it kinda is), I will just say that it managed to relate to me (Probably because I come from an equally large family). It managed to choke me up at some pointsbecause, even when you do believe in the inherrant goodness of people (or at least, the cynic in you that wants to believe), it's nice to be reminded and I came away from it feeling fulfilled and feeling like a better person.
The visuals are lovingly designed by Mamoru Hosoda and his style is mostly consistent throughout. Your eyes will be popping from the pop art vibe of Oz.
I reccomend watching it in a "Cinema" type of atmosphere-that is, with lights dimmed or off, sitting in a comfortable atmosphere with no interruptions on a nice tv. It really helps you get into the movie.
So in short-this movie is wonderful and you should watch it but I won't guarantee you'll like it. There is no accounting for taste, afterall.
Also, theres a moment at the end that may warm your heart or scare the mother loving fudge out of you.
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