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Critic Reviews for Princess
Sure, the rage is palpable in every cell, but poise and rational thinking are sadly lacking.
Morgenthaler views this business not only as a monstrously abusive exploitation of people and their bodies, but the height of anti-eroticism and anti-art that demands a complete emotional disconnect between viewer and performer.
It's very controlled and deliberate and gives the illusion that it has something to say, but its point is a bit unclear.
...a somber, sad and, in the end, hopeful animation that is a kindred spirit to such Japanese anime as Tokyo Godfathers in look, if not feel.
Audience Reviews for Princess
Princess is definitely not your average animated movie, and it's not your average revenge flick either. The animation style is somewhat simplistic but it works. More jarring are the flashbacks that are presented in actual film- not animated segments- and in certain cases this proves quite effective and unsettling. I found much of the film to be excellent; August and Mia's interaction, and the damage inflicted on them by what has happened feel very real. It's a cut above the recent revenge cinema that's come out in the US (The Brave One, Death Sentence). My only issue with the film is that it seemed to come apart at the end. I won't go into specifics, but while I didn't expect or even hope for a happy ending, the ending that I got just seemed contrived and inept. It didn't seem to fit with the rest of the film. Disturbing, violent, and sad. Princess has content which makes it tough to recommend to most viewers.
Audacious, original mix of live action and anime to tell a disturbing tale of corrupted youth.
Brilliant! Reminiscent of Bakshi's early work, this is one great vigilante film. The animation really works, adding a cartoony feel to a very grim and disturbing story. Choosing the "villain" to be the porn industry was another stroke of genius. If this doesn't make you feel a tad guilty the next time you decide to surf the net for that "special occasion" nothing will. Great stuff.
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