April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué) (2016)
Critic Consensus: Bursting with a colorful imagination befitting its promise-packed title, April and the Extraordinary World offers spectacular delights for animation fans willing to venture off the beaten path.
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Critic Reviews for April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)
Should appeal to precocious children... Adults may find it as derivative and simplistic as the steampunk aesthetic to which it's indebted, but for a gateway to more resonant cinema and literature, you could do worse.
April and the Extraordinary World will have your imagination doing somersaults and cartwheels.
"April and the Extraordinary World" is a visual delight, an animated French steampunk adventure that is smart, exciting and wonderfully weird.
In truth, the story is practically beside the point with all the spectacular visuals.
Audience Reviews for April and the Extraordinary World (Avril et le monde truqué)
The plot is disappointingly predictable, relying a lot more on Hollywood cliches than you'd expect . . . however, the film presents some of the most workable and stunning Steampunk imagery you're likely to find.
To be honest, the story is rather perfunctory. Ecological message movies preaching to save the planet are a dime a dozen. However beautifully hand drawn 2D animated features like this are not. Directors Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares have fashioned a glorious universe in which the viewer can just get lost. Its strengths lie in visual delights that dazzle. They captivate the eye. My mind and emotions were less enthralled. The characters are cold and aloof, even the heroes. It's creative fun though. The action employs the character DNA of Japanese anime mixed with the science fiction of Jules Verne. Although a couple of humanoid lizards wearing robot armor were reminiscent of reptilian creatures in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Aesthetes who worship at the altar of the aforementioned passions will find themselves in cartoon nirvana. More casual fans of such things (this critic, for example) should be entertained as well, but on a somewhat lower level. fastfilmreviews.com