God I hated this. I hated this so much that I haven't bothered to watch anything else by Kon since. It's trying so hard to be cute, funny and deep. Yet it fails on every regard. The animation is great but so what. It's not a matter of how great it is but how it's used like I explained in my Totoro review. Even if INCEPTION is drawn out and pretentious I would rather revisit that POS than this overblown orgy of colors
If you ever wanna experience a nuts experiment in language barriers, watch this in english dub and sub. Makes it a totally different movie. Aside from that, this movie still worked its magic on me. Its enchantment, complexity, ambition reminds me of how boring most movies truly are.
Like 'Akira', Satoshi Kon's magnum opus lapses into manic coagulations, but it is an ethos that wilfully diverges from linearity and formula. Kon is an 'aesthetician' who uses transmogrifying visuals to represent the loss of equilibrium in a character's goals or psychological essence. Within the cultural baggage of American film hegemony, it is hard to deal with its garishness, but that is by no means a weakness.
It is an intelligent and mature film. As has been said before, I find the animation to be spectacular but with a less-than-perfect story. However, this film IS about dreams, so maybe that has something to do with it. That said, I'm not expert on anime, so I could be missing an important detail. But on a surface level it's enjoyable and extremely well made.
I feel bad for mainly seeing this because of Kon's recent death, but the dvd cover always intrigued. I quite enjoyed this, splendid animation, fun story line that could almost go anywhere at anytime, and suck vivid imagination. I never really cared for anime but I might check out some more. Hated the music though.