Damn. I am so disappointed that I didn't like this.
Story (3) + Character (3)
Just to clarify this: I think the story is a really good idea. But it could have been carried out so much better. I kept on being unable to connect with the different groups and characters, and found myself not really being interested in them. The dialogue is flat and impersonal, and little is done to personify the main characters in any other ways. I am not feeling any sympathy (or any other feelings for that matter) toward the diggers nor the Ecoban people, simply because I don't feel like
I know them or what their lives are like.
Now, I have seen several action driven films where the actions scenes by far make up for the lack of character. Wonderful Days is not one of these. Most of the scenes (with a few exceptions) seem to go on for way too long, because there is hardly any content in them. Again – it’s all flat and lifeless.
I think that ultimately the plot could have worked really well if it had been given more time to be explored, developed and personified – either in a longer movie or in a series.
Not much to say here really. It is just wonderful, breathtaking and inventive. I’d recommend the film to people just for the graphics. Even the very obvious difference in animation between people and backgrounds/objects work really well for some reason I can’t figure out.
The film music is good and somewhat inventive. However, I feel that any effect gained by the good music is lost due to the slowness and lack of believability in the scenes.
I was only able to get a hold of the English dubbed version. Most of the voices work well, but some of the actors are not really that great.
I found myself being bored and hoping that the next scene would be better. Because I so desperately wanted the film to work – unfortunately the first scene was the best as far as I’m concerned.
In the long run I feel like Wonderful Days is just like one of those pretty girls that think that because they have the looks, no one will notice the lack of personality.