🎥 Waltz with Bashir - 2008 Director - Ari Folman
✔ The animation. Waltz with Bashir looks fantastic. The unique animation, colour contrasts and vivid style of the film really grabs the eye.
✔ Really powerful film with heaps of symbolism and thought provoking scenes. Personally, I can sometimes find it difficult to keep switched on during subtitled films. With Waltz with Bashir telling such a difficult yet engaging story - this was never the case.
✔ The last scene... man, it's hard to watch. Without giving anything away, we see an intelligent change in filming style which really hits home.
❌ The last scene... man, it's hard to watch. The importance of the final moments are undeniable. The content is unforgettable.
🤓 Artist David Polonsky is right handed, but did most of the illustration for this film with his left hand as he felt his original drawings were "too pretty".
🤓 The film took four years to complete.
The first thing to say about Waltz with Bashir, is how great it looks. The colour, the animation and vividness makes for an impressive and unique look. Early on you could be forgiven for not taking it seriously, as it lulls you into a false sense of security with some humorous scenes and a fantastic 80s soundtrack. Here lies the beauty of Ari Forman's biopic - combining animation with such a serious subject manner is a stoke of genius. Told through Folman's perspective, we see recollections of actions and tragedy come to the surface after years of blocking it out. The way the film intensifies with the protagonist recalling these forgotten moments is intelligent and engrossing. It's almost like watching one man's therapy, and as the story unravels we soon discover why he tried to forget. Waltz with Bashir is a smart, alternative war story that is profound and entertaining yet uncomfortable and disturbing. A true story that is as unique as it is unsettling. An absolute must see for anyone who appreciates film. 8.5/10