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Avalon is a beautiful movie, but not for everyone. If you mainly like action
or fast-paced movies you may be turned off by some of the slow scenes during
the movie. Avalon has action though, and explosions galore. Some of the
story is a little ridiculous and hard to follow, but that isn't necessarily
a bad thing at all.
This is the only film I know of that was a co-production of both Japan and
Poland. Directed by Mamoru Oshii, but filmed mostly in Poland and in the
native Polish language.
While watching this movie you get a feeling of a very unique quality. It was
filmed (or altered in post) to resemble an old Sepia toned film, but still
with the high-resolution of today's film standard. This adds a very bleak
and depressive visual style to much of the movie. That's a good thing,
because this is not a happy movie in the least.
Avalon relies heavily on CGI throughout the movie, due to the "cyber game
world" that the movie is largely dealing with. Much of the CGI effects are
quite interesting to watch. You can often tell they are CGI effects, but
it's obvious that it's a computer dominating world with players inside
Another effective element to the film was the excellent music score by Kenji
Kawai. This has to be one of the most beautiful and engaging film scores
I've heard in a long time. It ranges through many different forms, even to
the operatic. Very layered and complex, yet easy on the ears. Recorded with
the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, tons of people played the various musical
instruments in the recording of the score, according to the end credits. I
would compare it in a sense to Christopher Young's otherworldly and haunting
score for the first two Hellraiser films. It's a shame that the soundtrack
to Avalon is currently only available as an expensive import
Even if you dislike the film, you must watch it once just for the amazing
music...it really is that good.
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