Artistic, certainly. Exciting, no.
- The Red Turtle review by MG
Wow, this really stunk. Major problem is that even though it has a short running time it is still an hour or so too long. In my opinion this would have been better as a short 20-30 min film, a curiosity with some artistic merit but nothing more. Baffling and at times quite boring. Really disappointed in it. Should have rented 'The Secret Life of Pets' instead!
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Baffling plot; beautiful animation + music.
- The Red Turtle review by PV
This is an odd one. I though it would be a simple fairy story - and I suppose it was but it involved fantasy elements and was baffling, confusing and what was the point of the story exactly? It was like the Blue Lagoon with turtles and magic. Hmmm.
Maybe it was based on some folk tale known in Japan or something? I'd love to know!
But lovely animation for sure - and beautiful music.
Strange but it seems overlong at just over an hour.
Why this was made into a movie, I have no idea. It'd work far batter as a short film.
2 stars for the animation and music. 0 stars for the plot and storytelling!
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Beautiful but obtuse
- The Red Turtle review by OtakuFeebs
I am a massive Studio Ghibli fan and was really looking forward to watching this film. However, this is not really a Ghibli film, other than it is beautifully animated by the studio. To explain that statement, this film lacks the whimsical magic of a Ghibli film (even Grave of the Fireflies has it's moments). Michaël Dudok de Wit is a completely different sort of director, he's not someone I'm familiar with and I won't be seeking out his work again.
It's all a matter of opinion of course but I found the film hugely unsatisfying. I couldn't relax watching it as I was constantly trying to understand it's meaning. When I finally gave up caring I actually fell asleep which is something I very rarely do whilst watching films. If you enjoy obtuse experiences this might well be a film for you.
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