Pompo the Cinephile Review
Date: 2022 June 23 16:19
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Pompo the Cinephile hits screens in the UK and Ireland next week courtesy of the good guys anime ltd, We have been very fortunate to be able to capture this joyous film. So you wrote a review to decide if it’s worth a look (psst, it is).
Pompo the Cinephile in theaters on Wednesday 29 June 2020. You can find the screening by going here pompofilm.co.uk,
The film is set in the fictional Nyollywood making the film the capital of the world, not unlike Hollywood. Pompo the Cinephile focuses on a film studio’s effort to make a new film. There really is no bad guy or villain. The only real danger is the impending deadline of the release date and the logistics of a film project.
Pompo himself is a young filmmaker who is known for being talented and bold. He is part of a filmmaking dynasty with his grandfather regarded as a legendary producer, who made several critically acclaimed films during his time. After retiring, he handed over the reins of production to Pompo. This is not a case of nepotism as Pompo has also inherited his grandfather’s ability to make films. She has a distinct knack for spotting hidden talent and decides to cast her assistant, Jean, to direct her next film based on the script she has written.
The film itself is a love letter to films and cinema, its art, craft and production. There are subtle cues to cinema that you might not notice at first glance such as scene changes that are discreet and playful. I think this is one of those titles that would be worth a look or two again for this.
The story is straight forward and executed very well. They make a film. That’s it, that’s the whole story. This sounds like one of those simple recipes with high quality ingredients. The premise is straightforward, but it’s its overall execution that makes it such a pleasure to watch, engaging with characters in the ups and downs of a creative project, preparing them to overcome obstacles. The run length is also perfect. There aren’t any scenes that I cut out or want them to expand on, which seems fitting for a movie about film making.
We have a fascinating cast of characters from “the world’s greatest actor” to Martin Braddock (obviously a tribute to screen legend Marlon Brando). With an established director who advises Jean over and over again. We also have acting newbie Nathalie Woodward trying to get her big break in the industry.
The film is well animated. Reflects film tone overall with a bright color palette. This is a pleasantly light-hearted feature. The world of Nyollywood feels real as if there is a direct pastis of Hollywood and the ideal world is how it should be.
There are movies you wait for, you listen to since pre-production and there are movies that fly under the radar and come out in front of you and capture you how good they are. Pompo is the latter. There hasn’t been much hype about this film, but I’ve always felt it should have been. Just go out and enjoy it. It is a pleasure that the film is well acted like. Your time will be spent just crashing and enjoying this movie. Adding Pompo the Cinephile to my own list of comfort movies, it really hits the spot, it sets out to tell a story in a fun way and does so with a bell.
This movie also got me excited because I want to see what Takayuki Hirao and new animation studio Clap do next. If it’s half as good as Pompo it won’t disappoint.
Pompo the Cinephile hits theaters in the UK and Ireland on Wednesday 29 June 2020. You can find the screening by going here. pompofilm.co.uk,
Source: Otaku News