Some guy in Italy thought he can make "This is England"
Some guy in Italy thought he can make "This is England". And failed. A story that is a blend of cameos. Some stock characters that come from nowhere to go nowhere. And the morals of State Religion: the problem lies with the mother who is trying to have a life in the Getto, and not with the Government who made the mess and cultivated the violence.
I got here by searching for Neil Gaiman on Amazon Prime Videos. And even if it's dramatic that the opinions of a governmental bureaucrat called judge have a precedence over the Constitution or any Laws, this is a happy case. After all Diana seems to be aligned with the mainstream collectivist art-house crowd. If Diana would have been say pro Consumerist or pro Capitalist Romero, Biafra, Gaiman, ACLU wouldn't have touched him with a 10ft pole. Worse, probably they would have helped the Concerned Breeders of America to protect the children.
The series is quite good by European standards. And it's reasonable polished, as much as European script writers can. It's interesting how it starts as each episode is one day. But by the 5th episode they lose track and can't keep up.
Also it is captivating, yet who is telling this story? Some times it's the foreign detective. But every ten minutes the writers lose track and have to inject something from a god-view perspective. Which is rather idiotic as it would have been easier to just tell the story instead of all meandering if they have the god-view of what happened.
Finally, I am biased as I was quite curious on the strange Luxembourg language and habits. Yet the substrate of the story is typical European gulag: total submission to the State and its representatives. Yes, the State representatives make mistakes and have their excesses, but that is only because they are merely human and lack the perfection of the Governmental Gods. And, the worst part how the taxpayers are petty vulgarians who needs an outside messiah to bring them to the light.
Profits are evil, hence the special effects and marketing to sell the patchy script.
Genetics are as bendable as the laws of physics, because English majors are equally ignorant in both fields.
It is at times like this when I wonder at the simplicity and honesty of a story like Harry Potter. Because this is a Harry Potter story, but they digitally removed the magical wands and green-screened a Sci-Fi theme.
The backgrounds are nicely done. The fonts are well done. The story is badly made and it's pretty much what rich white boys expect to have in the Getto. Also, the characters don't have much of a story because they are stereotypical stock characters. Cute, yet the film reaches a rather boring end. Or who cares when all it takes is to please some governmental commissions that will also make sure to impose the mediocrity with the quota system?
Cash is okay in all sequences, but the gossip around, always ready to explain the "good" side of politics. Ironically, the Nixon adviser is the most decent, and the "biographer" is the most disgusting. After all the Cash family was poor, but he will feel the need to explain how they had no hope without FDR giving them government handouts.
Sure, the mobsters are from Eastern Europe. And the prison is the writer's grandma's inn. Prisoners are doing whatever, in sync with the strong right wing agenda promoted by the movie. How do you know a guy is bad? He has 200 prostitutes from Eastern Europe. Of course, they will announce the prisoners after the cops are in the main building and than the dangerous will be checked the way the director would like to check a team of junior soccer players. Luckily for the Spanish public, the cop is not corrupt, he is a true angel protecting democracy or something.
The characters are nicely drawn. The story, like all Turkish drama is long. A two episode special blown up in 8 episodes. The ugly part is the story itself: love the Government, fear the business as it will kill you.
The story is so interesting, it does not matter the subtext
A very pleasant surprise. One of the few NetFlix movies that I did not feel the need to fast forward though it. The unfolding of the story is so good, I could even ignore the subtext of obedience to the Government and pay your taxes the same way the villagers pay the local mobster.
Vanilla militaristic government propaganda with some FX thrown in
This movie is the usual government propaganda for war and destruction. But hey, they happen to deliver some vaccines. And the usual soft irony: fighting fire with fire has become fighting technological progress and preach Primitivism in a Sci-Fi context.
You know it's made with public money as it is slow. Very slow. And messy. Because the writers have no idea which story path to take. So they are all over the place following 50 people that might or might not be interesting to the action. Unpleasant, but that's the price Netflix has to pay to be able to work in Europe. Or this might be the story of the production of this very series.
French Governmental Propganda with some British bits thrown in
The script is very shallow. Only the State approved version when possible. When not possible, just erase the whole thing. And the "mistakes" are there to mislead. Austria from the beginning is actually an Empire against which the French have spent enormous sums of money to destroy. Germany is actually Prussia. And so on. And the usual moral statements about the evils of personal profit and how happy the peasants were for they were given the chance to die for the aristocracy.
This one is probably better than the second film because the sword fighting seems to play a more important role in the script. The rest is usually the same unlimited love for the Government, but by now I wasn't expecting anything beyond law, order and racial purity from this series.
Watch this movie for the sword ballet. I've done that and I wasn't disappointed. The rest is the usual Japanese hive mind: the government might be bad, but it's the only one to protect the lives of the frail citizens. The bad guys are bad, by nature, and a good heart and government good words will prevail. Long live Big Brother!
The sword fights are rather well done. And you can safely speed up the movie between two of them.
Good choreography. I watched it for that. And I wasn't disappointed.
I was surprised in the first half with the rather faithful depiction of life. The dojo girl is stupid and plan evil, ready to attack strangers simply because she doesn't get enough money as the students have left the dojo. And how she wraps it all in honor: it is for the dead father's memory, of course.
Or how the police is a violent gang where the privates are the equivalent of any other gang and the leadership equally uninterested in how many die as long as they are winning, just like any other gang leadership.
By half time, all the good parts have subsided. The government is good. Maybe there are a few bad apples, but overall they are the heaven sent. And they are pulled out of the story so they won't commit any atrocities on screen. The bad guy is not just any bad guy. He is a businessman. He is an evil Capitalist. With money. Who disregards honor. Strikes the women, who are weak by design. And worst of all: he is a drug dealer!
Oh yea, and the common backwards mentality exposed in any Manga I have seen so far: the girls are screaming weaklings, mere accessories to the manly boys doing all the saving.