Little Otik Reviews
[font=Century Gothic]I remember hearing that "Eraserhad" was about David Lynch's trepidation at becoming a father for the first time. And I was thinking about that while watching Jan Svankmajer's "Little Otik." And certainly in Otik's growth and transformation, I could see definite signs of a parents' fears of starting a family. In the end, this is a dark fairy tale done in an imaginative way especially the mother of all hysterical pregnancies.[/font]
The movie is Czechoslovakian with English subtitles directed by Jan Svankmajer who has joined my list of favorite directors.
The stick also turn out to be a huge challenge, not only for the parents, but also the rest of the block. Well acted and super characters makes it even more interesting. Weird and disturbing. Spooky and creative. Funny and adventure-like. This film is like no other, and very hard to describe. It's very far out, bizarre but beautiful.
It moves a bit slow and I really miss more of Svankmajers superb animations. While other films of his are more driven by animations, this is a lot more plot-driven. The plot is very cool but his fantastic ability to make objects move and morph is more rewardable for me.
I'm very glad I saw it. Not only for it's uniqueness but the ability to make a story like this so "natural". Still the production looks pretty poor. The colors are gray and dull and the pace makes it boring at times. It's a bit too long.
7.5 out of 10 pervy old men.