1. Near the beginning of the movie, there is a scene with a tunnel exit covered by a waterfall, that flows not quite as one could expect of it. You get an explanation of the irrational flow a couple minutes after, but isn't it amazing they thought about it? 2. Flies around a lamp. When was the last time you saw flies around a lamp (in animation), just as part of the view, because they attracted to light and not to portray something ( like trash site, bad smell, dirt or other metaphoric things that flies represent). 3. While Jay was entering the rebel zone a guard watched him through the optics of a sniper rifle. They could show us only the guard, without the mentioned aspect. But no, this is what a direction is about!!! 4. Jay's fight with the army's commander. Just watch the details.
I could possibly continue with some more examples,like shooting scenes from different angles and so, though those were the most vivid to me. Think about it. Think about they thought about it.
In one word the animation was excellent. In some words it was a tasteful mixture, with live colorful characters and places. I don't really think they could do it better. Both the 3 dimensional animation and the 2 dimensional looked awesome. I really don't agree with those who say that the latter was dull and poorly done. As I said, I don't think it could be done better.
Another aspect of this movie, that stroked me with it's uniqueness, at least from western animation, is the brutality and the naturalism. I don't know much animation (again western), where a gun was violently put against somebody's head, shooting it, and spilling the blood all around. I don't think this kind of violence is good or bad, but in a way it completes the movie. I just get the feeling that it's necessary. This also brings it closer to movies because there is some convention (unspoken) that animation is for younger audience.
Well, the movie is not all good. Like every other movie, the plot is a crucial thing. Wonderful Day clearly lacks one. It tries to be scientifically ingenious in it's main idea which makes no sense if one thinks about it (you don't really have to think, its obvious enough). There is another thing that bothers. This movie involves a drama among three characters, which at the end gets exaggerated and too emotional ( emotional not for the viewer but for the characters themselves). There are a lot of animated and non-animated movies with that kind of drama in them. Some of them pass this drama to the audience, while others try but fail. Wonderful Days belongs to the latter. It has a good revealing of the drama at the beginning and the middle of the movie, but in the end it disappoints.
Wonderful Days' flaws are minor compared to its highlights. I would recommend it to anyone who likes animation and is not disturbed with excessive violence.
My rating: 7.5/10 I find it interesting to note that the previous reviewer mentions a supposed "lack" of a better story for Wonderful Days -- and yet still rates the film as an "8" (based on "artistic merit"), and then, oddly, states that the film "improves with repeat viewings".
From my perspective, no amount of eye candy alone rates an "8" with me, and the ONLY films I watch more than once are films that have a good story.
I would submit rather that the previous reviewer's remarks may have been clouded by personal notions regarding any of several plot points, or perhaps a predisposition to identifying (or not) with one or more of the key characters, problems which I did not encounter at all with this film.
This is an important distinction for a reviewer to make. Personally, I found the story in Wonderful Days to be worthy of merit, well executed and illustrated, and that with a fine sense of style and wonderful dramatic touches.
"Poetic in certain passages" might even be a better descriptive. Please, by all means, view this film and enjoy. Most of the action is tedious, and the less you pay attention to the dialogue, the less you'll feel your hand inadvertently twitching as if with joystick. The Director's Cut is about 500 seconds longer. The new Director's Cut was almost completely re-dubbed, patrially they hired new voice actors. This effort was necessary to correct some flaws in the story, giving the movie a more fluent plot in many scenes.
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