Thursday, January 8, 2009

Go see Waltz with Bashir

When I saw a trailer for this, I assumed that it was just a documentary that borrowed the visual style of Richard Linklater-directed movies like Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly, both which I liked a lot. I’m happy to report that I was wrong. Writer/director/producer Ari Folman brought together of team of very talented people to make this unique, poetic treatise on the futility of war as recounted by ordinary soldiers. Even though the movie was filmed traditionally first, no rotoscoping was used—just the drawings of some fantastic artists, including the fabulous Hanuka boys and lead artist David Polonsky, who masterfully handled art director duties. 

I knew little of the Sabra and Shatila massacre until now. This had an impact on my heart, brain, and appreciation for the most creative documentarians this side of Errol Morris.