Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Persepolis. B-


There is plenty to admire in this animated tale of a young girl, Marjane Satrapi, growing up during the Islamic Revolution. First off, the animation, though very cartoonish, is brilliantly imaginative and filled with evocative, beautiful images. The storytelling is very nice too, but unfortunately, the middle part of the actual story is not. These are the scenes when Marjane travels around Europe. They are mainly about her finding a man, and they are perfectly predictable. The scenes in Iran are the film's strongest, especially the footage of the revolution. There is plenty of clever humor here as well. Though the story isn't as good as say, the yarns from Pixar, 'Persepolis' is still a solid, enjoyable film albeit too shallow in some areas. ('Persepolis' received the rare foreign film Oscar nomination for Best Animated Feature. It lost to 'Ratatouille.')

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