Sukai Kurora (The Sky Crawlers) Reviews
Yuichi Kannami (Ryō Kase): "No, you're right. But do people who might die tomorrow have any need to grow up?"
You need two things when watching this film: (1) a nice, large t.v. or computer. I watched this on a 27" iMAC and the graphics were visually stunning. I even got a little dizzy during the flying sequences. This, hands-down is one of the most beautifully rendered films I have ever seen. There was a sequence where Yuichi was flying in a rainstorm that was just so photograph-crisp, I could have sworn it was real. This film was visually amazing. Although, I thought it was kind of strange to render the background in 3D while the characters were rendered in traditional 2D animation, but it kind of quirky so I liked it.
The second thing is: patience. The story was a bit confusing, cloaked deep in mystery which basically remains unresolved until about 20 minutes before the end of this two-hour long film. Truthfully though, the story was interesting-- another one of those morality-issues that Anime films do so well; definitely a thought provoking film. However, the pacing of the film really bothered me. It was a little bit awkwardly paced. It would get into a comfortable rhythm and then the story kind of hits a hiccup and completely takes you out of the film again. It relied too much on too many dramatic pauses, which would have heightened the gravity of the situation; that is, if it was used sparingly. But in this instance, only served to slow down the film and made the pacing too choppy. All the long pauses just came across as more strange and less dramatic; It was really distracting. Overall, the film was okay-- the graphics were superb, the story was decent but glacial pacing made watching this film a bit too tedious for my taste. It's worth watching once, but I doubt if I'll voluntarily watch it again.