August 21st, 2006

breaking bad

A Scanner Darkly

I saw A Scanner Darkly this weekend. I haven't seen many reviews online.

My short review is that this is possibly my favourite Philip K Dick book, and this is a good adaptation of the novel. It might not be everyone's cup of tea - I think some will find it too challenging, and some may feel it isn't challenging enough. However, I think given the trade-off between the fun of having money spent on this project, and the constraints of commercialism, this strikes a good balance, and doesn't betray the original.

It's made in rotoscope, which is animation made by drawing over live footage. Some reviews said this is hard to watch, but I didn't find it distracting at all, and I thought the rendition of the action moved in a controlled and intelligent way between photo-realist and various kinds of non-realism. I think the technique not only enabled the story but enhanced the movie.
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