Angel's Egg

Angel's Egg ★★★★

I had no idea what to expect from Angel's Egg when I sat down to watch it, as I don't remember how I first heard about it or why I added it to my watchlist. I'm glad that I didn't go in with any preconceived ideas of what this movie was going to be like, because that allowed Angel's Egg to consistently surprise me throughout its short, but dense runtime. It's a movie that allows the audience to make discoveries about the setting and its mysteries alongside the protagonist, as the barren cities and desolate wastelands she explores over the course of the film are presented with little to no background information and instead have their entire histories presented to us through the film's strictly visual worldbuilding.

Speaking of the visuals, the animation in Angel's Egg is stellar, as the gorgeously decrepit landscapes are complimented by Yoshihiro Kanno's beautiful score to create a bleak, but still occasionally hopeful atmosphere that gives the film a lot of personality. One aspect of Angel's Egg that especially strengthened the overall experience would be the minimal use of dialogue. The film's two characters only speak when they absolutely have to, and that gives the audience the chance to turn to the film's world for answers as to what is going on and why. Overall, I thought that Angel's Egg was great, and it made me even more excited to check out Mamoru Oshii's most popular film, Ghost in the Shell, than I already was.

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