I'm a big fan of Satoshi Kon's work, so I figured it only right that I add Tokyo Godfathers to my completed list.
I liked it. I definitely liked it. This was an all around fun movie that stayed interesting throughout and gave a lot of good laughs. The scattered dramatic moments included managed to hold up well in their surroundings without feeling out of place or ruining the mood.
But... I can't say this really stacks up to Satoshi Kon's other films. Even acknowledging that I'm a much bigger fan of the psychological genre than comedy, I have to take points off for the sheer level of coincidence in this movie. Everything from Miyuki's father being on the other train on is just so ridiculous. The movie is clearly aware of this. It relishes the coincidences and loves playing the what's the craziest thing that could happen card. There's definitely humor in the brazen improbability, but it also hurts the coherency. The movie flows jerkily because the movement from one event to another relies purely on coincidences. In addition, it hurts the immersion, since there's just no way to view it as anything other than a story. The self aware execution could only do so much to prevent it from feeling cheap.
So, overall, liked it, didn't love it, wish I could have more to really sate my Satoshi Kon fix.
I'm just sitting here and thinking what flaw the movie had, and I honestly cant come up with anything. Even the coincidences made sense with the theme ("miracle", "hope", "christmas"), when in any other movie it would have degraded the story, but here these incidences are part of the movie and its theme and make perfect sense. I think you have to be a cold-hearted soulless person not to like this movie. Honestly. I saw Perfect blue and millennium actress yesterday but was highly disappointed. They were both heavily flawed though decent, but this movie was really gold. A true masterpiece
Modified by koreye, 01-04-11, 10:06 AM
"...our faces marked by toil, by deceptions, by success, by love; our weary eyes looking still, looking always, looking anxiously for something out of life, that while it is expected is already gone – has passed unseen, in a sigh, in a flash – together with the youth, with the strength, with the romance of illusions.” - Joseph Conrad ('Youth')
eyerok said: I saw Perfect blue and millennium actress yesterday but was highly disappointed.
Same here. The difference was that the randomness and deus ex machina were appropriate here. The film didn't take itself seriously; it knew its place. Kon wanted to produce smiles and Tokyo Godfathers delivered.
Spectacular film! One of the best "slices of life" I've ever seen for sure. I can't believe how great all the characters were. This movie made me feel such a vast range of emotions and it's truly made my heart feel all warm and fuzzy tonight and I can't wait to watch it again sometime. (;
Pleasantly surprised with this movie, went into it with quite low expectations which makes it all the more satisfying. It's one of those movies that you could sit and watch on Christmas Eve night with your family.
It's quirky, dramatic, suspenseful, wacky, hilarious, sad, rage-worthy, action-packed, romantic, heart-warming, pants-dropping, and all around insane. So many coincidences and plot-twists happened within that hour and a half full of crazy that I just stopped caring and went with it. I can't believe something like this actually existed.
JTurner said: It would've been easier for me to follow the story if there was a dub in my native language track.
As much as I usually like dubs, I just can't imagine actually watching a dubbed version of Tokyo Godfathers. I love the movie the way it is.
i watched this movie in english and enjoyed it they didnt take away any of the eccentric dialogue
still on of my favorites in fact im trying to find this dubbed so my mom can watch it and she wont watch subtitled