This movie got me looking at the world in all sorts of angles— figuratively and literally. I was blown away by the ingenuity of this film. To date, I think this might just be the most imaginative animated movie I’ve seen!
So this movie is about a girl named Patema who is part of the civilizations living underground. She often goes exploring into an area called the “danger zone”. One day, a Bat Man attacks her in the zone and she ends up falling into the outside world where she meets an Inverted boy, Age, who helps anchor her to the ground before she starts falling into the sky.
The concept of people living underground is really interesting, but this movie just takes it up to a whole new level! The underground city reminds me of a movie called City of Ember where they also live in a maze of tunnels below the earth. It was a little bit of a roller coaster watching it at first though because of the different angles some scenes would assume to emphasize the feeling of being inverted. However, I do think that’s the novelty of this film. It constantly challenged me to think about the outside world in Patema’s perspective. It made me wonder what it would be like to be falling into the sky. I think it would similar to falling into a vast ocean.
My favorite shots were the scenes where she would be looking down and viewing the sky, especially the star-freckled, night sky. Those scenes were really beautiful, but then again, the whole film was just astoundingly gorgeous. On that note, the visuals in the films were one of the main factors that made me fall in love with it. Everything was just stunningly executed.
Definitely, the main reason that puts this second in my favorites list is the story. I’ve never come across a movie that had this much creativeness in its storyline. It’s really intriguing how it plays with the concept of gravity and different worlds. I’m actually having a hard time trying to put my thoughts into words because this film has so many layers to it. Like I’ve said before, it is a bit of a rollercoaster. I was so immersed in this movie because of its complex narrative. The ending literally got me marvelling out loud because of how it reveals the truth, and I did not expect that kind of plot twist! I really admire the writer of this film. Like how did he come up with something with such a great concept? I would love a part 2 though because I still wonder if they will ever figure out a way to solve the gravity difference between the people or if they don’t, how the two worlds will live together.
Patema and Age’s relationship is really cute and a little bit odd. I guess it’s not hard to fall in love with someone if you’re constantly hugging them and trusting that they will never let you go. Throughout the film, I just instinctively started wondering how they’re going to be in a relationship because it would be hard for them to live on the same ground. I mean, they can’t even walk on the same ground! My curiosity about this couple is boundless.
I can go on and on about this film because there is more left unsaid than there is on this already longer-than-usual post. I really recommend watching it— no, I INSIST that you watch it. Okay, happy watching!