Conceptually and visually interesting even if too much of it was over my head for my liking
Late at night, high in a treehouse, two children dressed as animals undertake an experiment. Using electricity, a jam jar, an apple and plenty of wiring, they seek to bring a bee back from its hibernation. Their experiment a success, they quickly move onto their ultimate goal, reviving a much bigger subject.
It would help my standing if I was able to blag this review and say I totally got Hibernation and blabber on about how beautiful and wonderful it was; not only would it prove how smart I was but it would make anyone disagreeing with me look like some sort of jerk who should just stay watching Home & Away. However I cannot say this and probably have no "standing" left to protect anyway with the amount of unprofessional opinion I have floating around the place here. At its heart this film is about the death of Robin from brain cancer and the impact on the two friends he left behind but the meaning of the actual content of the film was lost on me. I'm not sure why it might be because the film was too personal, not put together in a way to make it easy to understand or that I'm just not too bright (or a bit of all of them). So at times I did feel a bit cut out of the action, which was a problem, but a credit though that I still managed to feel quite touched by the sense of loss and sense of longing for Robin that the characters had.
Williams as writer didn't totally have me in his spell because although it is imaginative and engaging, I did want more understanding or appreciation of the material. As director though, he is hard to fault. He mixes the animation well with the live action and visually the film is very strong. He doesn't do quite as well with his actors. I'm not sure if it was the intension or not, but I found both the boys to be too stiff and cold, not convincing as real children. I suspect that they were trying to keep emotion out of it as part of not accepting their friend's death, but if so then they took it too far from the middle.
Overall then an interesting and unusual film that has a surprisingly strong emotional core considering how difficult the material is to get through. Conceptually and visually interesting even if too much of it was over my head for my liking.
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