Boogiepop and Others Reviews
... Though I did miss the gondola songs...
This movie demands your attention due to the many characters and constant overlapping of stories. This movie is NOT shown in sequence and, instead, jumps to various character POV's so that the audience is forced to spot all the connections to make sense of the story. Because of this the beginning of the movie can be difficult because the characters are being introduced and the overall story is slowly being introduced. Solid connections don't even start to make sense until nearly an hour into the movie, leaving the average viewer to ponder what the point of this movie really is.
While this is a flaw of the movie it is also what makes this movie unique and entertaining to watch. After the initial set up the pieces eventually fall in to place and the viewer will enjoy figuring out why character A relates to character B and how there actions relate to the overall plot of the movie. To bad more explanation didn't go into the main story.
For fans of the series it fills in various background information, particularily with the anime. For those who are new it's a good stand alone movie despite some of the presentation flaws.
Beyond that, the budget and at times the general direction just serve to remind quite how absurd the story itself is.