Sunday, June 03, 2007

Paprika: the Movie

Paprika is the fantastical story of a machine that allows a psycotherapist to view and join in a patient's dreams. Needless to say, the machine falls in the wrong person's hands and craziness ensues. A dashing psychotherapist must get things under control.

We just got through seeing it at the Angelika and my initial reaction was disappointment: It's difficult to explain way - great animation, interesting story, giant robot man (how can you go wrong?), it's Japanese etc.

If I had to pinpoint it, I'd say that the movie feels like it's about 20 minutes too long. While the dream within a dream within reality trick is fun for the first few runs after awhile it appears like the animators are just showing off. The movie is worth checking out as long as you don't go in with the expectation of linear sequences. Paprika is very imaginative but like a long involved dream you're left wondering when you might wake up.

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