|Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 06:04 am: |
Received my review copy of the movie STRINGS, an epic fantasy by director Anders
Rennow Klarlund. Entirely "acted" by marionettes, whose strings are not only
visible but defiantly so, it is set in a universe where the marionettes know
that they are connected by strings, rising into heaven. The cosmology is perfectly
thought out: i.e. buildings have no ceilings, the characters are rained on indoors,
babies are carved instead of incubated, wounded people scavenge spare parts
from slaves, and a single cross-bar, over a doorway, is enough to keep the people
Its depth of imagination, in establishing and maintaining this universe, is
constantly, thrillingly brilliant.
The story has to do with a war between two peoples, fomented by evil parties
(including one who has good reason to act with such malice).
It is lyrical, and powerful.
How good is it?
Guys, let's put it this way. Anybody who's read by SCIFIWEEKLY reviews knows
that I'm a tough grader. I have given any number of films a D- (the site's lowest
grade). I give the majority of new releases grades in the Cs and Bs. I have
given most so-called classics Bs. A few times, I have given an A, and very rarely,
I have given an A+. I don't give superlatives lightly.
This puppet fantasy earns an A+.
Not enough to make you get on Amazon and buy it?
Well, keeping in mind that it features puppets and that the artifice is constant,
I feel absolutely no embarrassment ranking it among the best fantasy films of all time.
John Joseph Adams
|Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 06:28 am: |
Wow! High praise indeed. That's going right to the top of my Netflix queue. Thanks for the sneak-peek of your review!
|Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 08:57 am: |
Here's the actual quote from the review.
Excerpt from my review:
How good is STRINGS? It has heroes doing the wrong thing, villains who have
ample motivation for their actions, a universe completely contrary to our own
that nevertheless operates with perfect internal consistency, a simple concept
it maintains with astounding inventiveness, an epic scale it maintains with
remarkable efficiency at 90 minutes, moments of great tragedy, moments of breathtaking
beauty, and moments that resonate with overtones of fate, injustice, the nature
of the heavens, and and the pointless hereditary prejudices that may or may
not defy our own ability to overcome them. In short, it's not just one of the
best fantasy films of the year. It's one of the best, most fully-imagined, fantasy
films of all time.
|Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 09:38 am: |
Woo-hoo! I know the puppeteer, Bernd Ogrodnik, who is the master behind the marionettes. He did some ground-breaking work in the art of puppetry, creating a new control system to make the puppets move as beautifully as they do. It's devilishly hard to use, but well worth it.
The trailer, for anyone interested in grabbing a sneak peak, is at http://www.stringsthemovie.com/uk.html