After a scooter accident provoked by a mysterious woman's vision, Angelino, a deadbeat like thousands of others in Dark Meat City, starts getting violent migraines that are accompanied by strange hallucinations. Along with his good buddy Vinz, he tries to figure out what's happening to him while threatening men in black seem determined to catch him.
Mutafukaz is a joint production of France and Japan adapting the comic strip series (bande dessinée) of the same name by Guillaume Renard, also known as Run. The comic strip was first published in 2006 and ran until the release of its final chapter in 2015. The film was in production for seven years, with Ankama publicly announcing the project in 2011 and first screening it at the 2017 Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
This is a rare opportunity of a life time when you see a film releasing world wide or i mean all theaters in the US, such as imax etc. Overall shout out to gkids who distributed this film. when it to animation and character design in this film which first started from a comic series that i should probably check out but anyways the way 4c studio adapted so well and so beautiful i was blown away plus this contains veteran animator also other in-between animator as well. Watch the English version. its more proper to the story it take place
it comes to the plot and narrative which i need to re-watch the film. I do believe the pacing is pretty good to an extent which i mean its somewhat fast past a well, also make the story less flesh out in some certain area such as character, agenda and execution meaning climax. causing the story to be somewhat absurd sometimes which i wish i spoil but nope. Characters traits are brilliant they have there quirks and there irony which there ignorant teenager humor and some *spoiler* --political conspiracy--.
The problem when i see altra violent art in anime or films. Its how they portrayed. I more likely ranting but ima make this quick and simple you can't just add voilent and bate the viewer by adding simple or cutie design or personality traits and smash them into piece. They tend to get a huge mass of view when it comes to show like ... re zero but overall in this film its really organic such as action, body gesture movement, caracter and characters, making them feel believable when you bring them to a gritty poverty slum setting.
the soundtrack is great. u get dat french house shit. i think some track are good and some are abit ehh.. But don't worry theres orchestrated tracks as well.
First you get the redline 2009 then you the the devilmane and now you get the mutafukaz. You see where im getting at. I felt like we need to promote more traditional animation being release in huge popular theaters to help domestic sales and gets some fucking oscar awards not no fake ass asian big hero 6 winning over princess kaguya
This is my first review, so please don't kill me for any mistakes... ;)
Interesting that a quite niche-anime like Mutafukaz gets a two-days cinema screening in Germany thanks to Peppermint. There were just around 20 people in the movie when I was watching it, so financially it may not have been that good for the cinema. Still for me it was worth it.
For me, the only bad thing about the movie was the story. Without doing any spoilers, it's just senseless and hilarious, especially in the second half of the movie. It fits to the movie in general, but some things just happen randomly
and you think "why the hell is this part of the movie?" or "what's going on here? that doesn't make sense". It's just hangling around from joke to joke without a proper point to reach at first, and everything is happening too fast to think about it some more. Well, the movie doesn't take itself too serious, so it's okay, but I didn't like it. The comical absurdity made me give it 3 points for story, otherwise a 2 or 1 would not have been far away...
The source material for the movie is a French comic strip, so don't expect an Asian art style here at all. Everyhing looks like a mixture between European and American culture (it plays in America somehow, so that's fine). It doesn't feel like an anime, more like a normal European animation movie. The animation is well-done and there are so much details in the pictures that you won't be able to get all at your first watch for sure.
A cultural mixture of French hip-hop and house, and Latin music (for example Reggaeton). For me the best song was the Reggaeton song running during the credits. The songs perfectly fit to the background, but are completely different from most anime soundtracks. You may be disappointed if you like the pop/rock/metal-oriented soundtracks of Japanese anime movies.
Most characters in this movie didn't really make sense or were just hilariously exaggerated (clichès / stereotypes ahead!), which absolutely makes sense concerning the story. The two main characters are the only ones acting fairly normal. Sadly only one of the two gets a real characterization, while the second one acts more as a sidekick that stumbled into the whole thing by accident. Does he even have motives? We don't know...
In addition to that, it's not explained why some of the protagonists look as they look. This may be some reference, too, but I didn't get it then.
I was just laughing all the time (except for the parts where I was thinking "what the hell is going on here?"). The movie features lots and lots of Western cultural references. The humour of this movie is REALLY black. They don't fear to mock about anything: brand names, conspiracy theories, people, politics and many more. This is why the movie was so enjoyable for me, and I'm sure I didn't find all the hints and references at first watch. Some senseless stuff made me sigh because I didn't find it funny, but the rest was really worth it.
Well, I'm sad that the story was not really fitting for me. The rest was very good and I would have given an 8/10, but this more or less patched story doesn't allow it. I gave a 6/10 because the movie overall is exactly what this number means: "nice".
I recommend tha movie to everybody from a Western audience who wants to laugh about cultural jokes. I fear many Asian viewers or people who like anime may be disappointed when watching it.
This is an unbelievably stylish "rule of cool" film with a cast of exotic characters and a crazy story that doesn't make much sense. So turn your brain off, strap in and enjoy the crazy rollercoaster ride of super stylish action.
As with all action flicks the story is more of an afterthought than anything else. The opening scenario was great and the set up with a flashback as the cold open was well done. However the film never goes anywhere with any of this despite the very dramatic and tense opening. It feels like a bunch of storyboards or comic panels
went missing during development. A deeper backstory is hinted at throughout and characters get dialogue that implies that there may be more going on but nothing ever comes of any of this By the end of the film nothing has really been learned and we arrive back at square 1 more or less. I genuinely think this is a shame because the scenario is very cool and the story actually had the potential to tell us something profound.
The art and animation is simply gorgeous. The camera angles mixed with the fluid ultra violence, beautiful backdrops and fantastic character designs creates an animated spectacle. This is one of the best looking animated films I have watched so far.
The sound is another highlight. The score is well-written, the French voice acting was great, and the sound effects were excellent. Overall I would regard the sound as one of the major strengths of this film. The hip hop and reggaeton tracks fit perfectly with the California gangster setting.
This homage to GTA San Andreas masterfully mixes European and Japanese influences set in a dystopian Los Angeles. A surprisingly satisfying and fun, if somewhat superficial, action flick which I nevertheless strongly recommend.
I see the movie in french, so my review is about the french version :
Not having been able to go to see it at the cinema because discovered too late and very few distributed, I saw it only recently.
This film is really innovative compared to what we used to see in the cinema especially on the side of French films with a surplus of French comedy in bad taste.
A real risk on the part of Run, but the game was worth the candle! The animation is incredible, the universe can seem basic but is sufficiently developed to allow a good understanding, as for the main
characters they are really endearing! The choice of dubbing is very good, I think that Gringe and Orelsan managed to detach themselves from their image of the Breaker Flowers, to correctly embody their respective characters.
The film made me want to go read the comics.