Friday, April 16, 2010

Film Review: $9.99

Film Review: $9.99

I recently checked out the independent animated feature $9.99 as it is now Watch it Instantly on Netflix! I first blogged about the film last year after seeing the trailer, and for some reason forgot about it until now.
It is rare to find an independent feature animation done so well. Last year must have been the season of Stop Motion. We had Coraline, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and this little gem.
The film was inspired by the short stories of Etgar Keret and directed by Tatia Rosenthal. The audience is offered an inside look into the lives of several individuals who share an apartment complex. It is most certainly a comedy, as I found several scenes quite hilarious. I wasn't sure what to think of the film at first, but was quickly sucked into the story. The film isn't exactly about one thing in particular, but rather a series of interesting character studies. We've got a newly formed angel with a cynical outlook on the world, a out of work young man who seeks knowledge on the meaning of life through a self help book (on sale for $9.99), a hilarious developing relationship between a model and a repo man, and more. I'd hate to give away too much, since it is definitely worth a reviewing.
I was also very thankful for the quick runtime of the film. It was refreshing to sit through a nice hour and some odd minutes rather than the 2hr plus films that are typical these days. Sometimes you just want a quick little story.
I rate this film 4 out of 5! Check it out

Official Site for the film

P.S. I have to give special recognition to the set design in the film. Those little sets were so detailed and spot on. Very impressive!

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