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I May Destroy You
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Its two plotlines - one a meteorological supernatural story and the other a slice of life Tokyo romance - don't meld well together, the latter being far more successful. The animation is beautiful and it drips sweetness throughout and while it works as a metaphor for ignoring societal pressures, it's clouded by the sense that there's a confusing message about climate change in there.
It's like candy for the eyes, ears and mind.
HP Lovecraft, 80s body horror, and Nicholas Cage going full Nicholas Cage. It should be a good combo but there's no real narrative. Stuff just happens, and some of it is gross. That's it. Sometimes short stories are short for a reason.
The interesting mythology isn't explored enough and nor are the characters. Instead, this film lives or dies on the strength of its action, which just isn't very good here, despite Theron playing yet another bone fide badass.
First-time feature-director Patrick Vollrath pilots a turbulent thriller that loses altitude in the second half and doesn't stick the landing. The film is well-played and believable but only marginally more successful than my cliched metaphor.