Jan 12, 2014
I found myself on a TEKKEN viewing spree after I fell in love with his work 'Furiko', which was simply a masterpiece. 'Follow Me' is yet another beautiful work from this extremely talented Director. So on with the review and my personal opinions.
A story of new life bringing together two broken lives. It was always going to be difficult to follow in the footsteps of Furiko (In terms of my viewing order) but 'Follow Me' provided a pretty fresh story. A story that wasn't as simple and beautifully clichéd as the masterpiece that is 'Furiko', but was just as brilliant and certainly a lot
more creative. The story is pretty open to interpretation and doesn't treat you like an idiot, there is a lot of personal output to be had.
Although not the most aesthetically pleasing, the art is extremely creative and the simplicity works in favour of the story. There are some really powerful metaphors that are definitely more effective in this style. This and the fact that it was animated by one man alone is enough for this to merit an 8 from me.
The music from Muse is ridiculously powerful and is a massive part of the emotional impact that this short brings. Truly beautiful.
It's always going to be difficult to create complex characters with no dialogue and in such a short time, and yet you still feel as if you understand their struggles, and you can connect with them. TEKKEN does a great job of portraying the characters' development and the struggles of their lives, though this goes back to his unique animation techniques such as using their heads as the frame for their backstory.
It was a nice watch. Relatively easy on the eye, short and with beautiful music. There wasn't much not to love. Plus it didn't destroy me quite as much as 'Furiko', though they are both particularly bittersweet. Mostly sweet.
'Follow Me' was just an extremely unique, simple story, delivered with style. The only thing stopping it from matching Furiko's 10 from me, is that it didn't completely blow me out of the water as Furiko did. Perhaps it would have received a 10, had I not already seen Furiko. Nonetheless, Follow Me was an emotional journey and threw tons of emotions at me in such a short period of time, and I loved every second. When the music properly kicks in, there isn't many an experience that can match the feeling it creates.
Thanks to anybody who read this far. I felt as though this short deserved at least one review so I apologise for my relatively poor delivery.
Reviewer’s Rating: 9
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