(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)
(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)
SW SCORE: 45
5 out of 5 🐙
I have just finished watching all 11 seasons of MASH, an American sitcom set in South Korea during the Korean War even though it’s an obvious allegory for The Vietnam War. And now this movie alights onto my consciousness with its human center being a Korean War orphan. Someone or something somewhere is having fun with me.
This is a singular documentary of a Korean War orphan raised in Belgium who grows up to be a cartoonist and filmmaker. It’s a moving painting told through gorgeous animation intercut with live-action documentary-style footage. And it’s overflowing with universal immigrant truths and singular emigre details. And F***, this movie made me cry for joy, sadness, and empathy. It’s simply remarkable.
As an immigrant, I’ve always marveled about how immigrant experiences are so similar to their cores, despite their unlimited nuances. I just mean that it’s always the same transitional heartbeat for a person raised in a place where they are not the norm. That beat is as varied and unique as a river but the song almost always seems to share the same mentally pitch even if the singer knows it will never entirely match the native players. That seems to be a theme in every immigrant story I’ve read. Regardless of where they came from and where they landed. It’s beautiful and horrible.
(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (importance, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.
(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)
(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so
(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)