View Full Version : Patema Inverted (Yasuhiro Yoshiura)

Philip J. Fry
05-22-2015, 07:14 AM
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Philip J. Fry
05-22-2015, 07:16 AM
My thoughts:
What did I like? There's a lot to like in this movie, specially from a visual standpoint. There are tons of sequences where the visuals are stylish and breathtaking (at times, weirdly, reminding me of the visual style of Sword Art Online), often, when characters look at the sky, the clouds or the stars in complete awe (which is expected, given the premise) being a standout a scene where Patema watches the sky at night for the first time, the weird perspective and the blue, starry night almost makes it seem as if she were watching a pool reflecting the sky, it's amazing.However, even better is the camerawork throughout the film. Yoshiura and his team often switch the perspective between Patema and Age, giving us a lot of scenes where we're watching the scenes unfolding upside down, usually without stating who's perspective we're watching often giving us a certain sensation of vertigo that mirrors their own perspective as well.
And about the story, well, everything dealing with the strange gravity of the planet is great and is when the film is at it's best. The relationship between the two main characters is serviceable. The 1984-vibe of the outside world is cool and seeing the policemen looking like the members of Daft Punk is funny in a probably unintentional way.

What didn't I like? Fuck this villain. The same way I said that some scenes visually reminded me of SAO, also the villain reminded me of the villain of the second half of SAO I: Cookie-cutter, moustache-twirling evil and downright heinous. I see that we're clearly supposed to root against the guy and all but a villain like this guy (I mean, look at him (http://watashi.biz/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Watashi_Patema_Inverted_BD_108 0p_FLAC99994E11.mkv_snapshot_0 0.09.59_2014.05.14_21.47.43.jp g), can you get any more obvious?) just feels like lazy writing, which is even more jarring because the rest of the movie shows tons of ambition and imagination which is nearly ruined by this bad guy and is not like the story didn't allow for a more nuanced approach with the guy, hell, Jack, his assistant does show more shades and a far more interesting character despite a reduced role. The movie deserved way better in this department.
And about the romantic part, eh, could've used more seasoning. Again, merely serviceable.
Final thoughts: Visually and premise-wise, this movie is downright brilliant, however a quite weaksauce villain prevents it to become great. However, it's still worth watching at least for the ambition and love for the product the creators clearly had.

05-28-2015, 01:38 AM
This is one I've read about many times. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I should definitely check it out.

Philip J. Fry
05-29-2015, 12:08 AM
You're welcome. I hope to see your thoughts soon.