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Fireworks seeks sparks in an ambitious blend of storytelling genres, but this misguided anime effort never truly takes flight.
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| Top Critics (6)
| Fresh (11)
| Rotten (17)
It's a treat to see a film about young love where the young lovers aren't wise beyond their years; instead, they're prone to making stupid mistakes out of inexperience and perfectly understandable fear.
A strange little movie that attempts the tricky feat of combining comedy, drama, sci-fi and romance, but it doesn't get those individual elements right so it never coheres as a whole.
Fireworks is very much told from the male point of view, and Nazuna seldom rises above "free-spirited object of desire."
The unrealized potential makes the rote line style and stagnant backdrops seem all the blander.
It's confusing and disorientating but brings back dreamy teen angst like the strongest of madeleines.
Even at its most solid, the world sketched here has an unreality which is appealing in itself: the wind turbines spin much more quietly than you'd expect, and the grass beneath them is mysteriously still.
Some parts of the story worked and other parts felt very muddled and confusing.
There are funny moments and great glimpses of what this film could've been, but Fireworks leaves a lot on the cutting room floor.
'Fireworks' features brilliant animation but suffers from weak storytelling. It also features out of touch attitudes towards women.
Shinbo has a real talent for painting a pretty picture, but the end result of his work can be summed up with one word: flat.
This is probably one of the worst anime films I've seen that got a theatrical release in America.
Anime teen romance has vibrant visuals but tired storyline.
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