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Paprika (2007) Movie Reviews

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10/10/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)


Action: 3/3 + Comedy: 1/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 1/1 + Special Effects: 1/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 1/1 = 9/10 or 90%.

Paprika is Satoshi Kon's most polished work to date, though Perfect Blue will undoubtedly remain his most curious and disturbing analogy of blended realities. The animation stands at the forefront here with dreams able to manifest in the real world (thanks to superior technology falling into the wrong hands). Thus, the viewer gets a parade of wind-up robots, frog princes, rockets, Godzilla sized mothers, and a bevy of things that should not be, which put any hallucination dreamed up by Disney to shame. This is the surface of the film that many will write off as pure kinetic stream of thought.

Digging deeper we find Kon developing an enduring and genuine relati...

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01/24/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Reality of Dreams

Having seen Satoshi Kon's previous films (and TV series) I knew how much he likes to mix dreams and reality. He has been working on a variation of the theme since Perfect Blue and now, with Paprika, he has finally reached the pinnacle of his vision.

The best way to describe the animation is stunning. It's vivid; it's imaginative and it's wholly engaging. From the opening scene in a circus, traveling through a dream sequence and the fantastic opening credits you know you're in for a visual treat. Not only does the film look great, it sounds great too. The soundtrack has a techo-noir feel that compliments each scene - especially the random dream parade.

The biggest complaint you will find on Paprika is that the story doesn't make enough sense. When dealing with dreams and reality, it...

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