Tokyo Godfathers Reviews
To be honest, I probably wouldn't have bothered to finish this if I hadn't told the person who recommended it to me that I'd watch it. Perhaps others will enjoy this more than I did. Tokyo Godfathers makes a genuine effort to tell a heartfelt and touching story, it just wasn't a story that I could bring myself to care about.
Beats the hell out of that horrible "It's A Wonderful Life".
This just doesn't hit like the rest of Kon's work does. Anime is a medium that can parlay a lack of focus into tonal strength since it's so visual/multisensory. The more you're getting the better, pretty much. Tokyo Godfathers, unlike Kon's other films, does not have the narrative required to take advantage of this. Simply put: it's done a disservice by being an anime.
Worth watching, but if you've already seen Millennium Actress or Perfect Blue, you've gotten the best of Kon.
I've noticed that I tend to rate most of Satoshi Kon's films at about 3 stars; and that is only because most of his film's are driven by the experience and not the story or characters. I really enjoy Kon's style of story-telling, but his film's are like magic tricks; seeing them repeatedly would wear out the entertainment value. I was very apprehensive about this movie, since I didn't really care for the plot description; but the orchestration of this animation's narration remains on par with all of Satoshi Kon's other films (he has yet to disappoint me).
"It doesn't make sense to praise an anime movie's acting, does it? Yet you can't help but marvel at the expressive pen-and-ink performers." - Colin Covert (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
"Being able to speak freely... is the Lifeblood of Love."
its also a satoshi kon film....