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Big Fish & Begonia's richly rendered blend of animation styles perfectly complements its bighearted, surprisingly complex cautionary fish tale.
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While the movie's kaleidoscope of striking images and distinctive characters is spellbinding, it lacks psychological depth. And the question of what the hell is going on is never far from your mind.
Chun's life is literally spent on other people, but the beauty her actions create for the film and inspire from its characters is often powerful enough to make sense of a story that never bothers to make sense of itself.
Its blend of 2D and CG animation uses a radiant palette, and its story moves between the spirit and animals worlds with an undercurrent of yearning and waves of pure delight.
From a visual standpoint, Big Fish & Begonia is never less than breathtaking.
Chinese animation makes a confident play for art and relevance with this swell of myth, nature, adolescent turbulence and fantasy intrigue that impresses more often than it organically dazzles, and yet succeeds mostly because of its beating heart.
It marks a major step forward for Chinese feature animation, as well as the culmination of a journey that took the filmmakers more than a dozen years to complete.
So to sum up, Big Fish & Begonia is a visual treat that has some heart and childish imagination behind it.
The feature film directed by Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun has a visual splendor that captivates. [Full review in Spanish]
Big Fish & Begonia might stumble once or twice when it comes to building its plot, but it more than succeeds at conveying the emotions of its story.
"Big Fish & Begonia" is a marvelous piece of animation. Each scene is like a painting come to life. The story will touch your heart and no doubt the characters will delightfully make their temporary home there as well.
A thinly veiled cautionary tale about the environment, love and the sacrifices attendant to both.
As heavy and occasionally confusing as things get, there are wonderful moments of levity and eccentricity.
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