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A cheesy monster movie.
[T]wo encounters with the beast WXIII - first in a darkened factory, and later in an empty stadium, to the strains of Beethoven's Piano Sonata in G Minor (Pathétique) - elevate the disappointingly flat animation into a vivid fable of monster and morality
This above-average anime puts character development before action, although there are still enough fisticuffs, robots and monsters to hold the interest of the genre's core otaku (fan boy) audience.
Its solid story makes for decent viewing.
The trouble is that it's impossible to say with any certainty what's going on from one moment to the next -- and that at the end it becomes clear it has been a great deal more inaccessible than necessary.
If WXIII ... is terrific in ambience, it fails to connect the dots of its subplots.
Just take a moment to listen to this film's beautiful, intricate sound design.
As animation, Patlabor WXIII The Movie is above-average anime -- there are undeniably impressive and imaginative flourishes to the artwork. Unfortunately, it's in the service of a story that simply doesn't amount to much.
The backgrounds are handsome and moody, and the character animation is less distractingly cartoonish than that of films like the otherwise breathtaking Metropolis.
It's all over the place.
While sci-fi conceits still permeate the plot (alien DNA, rogue scientists), attention to personal detail float world-weary, superbly-drawn protagonists in a rare movie -- a character-driven animated film.
A competent if overlong blend of policier, sci-fi conspiracy thriller, daikaiju eiga (giant monster) stompfest, and tragic romance.
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