Monday, November 23, 2009

Interstella 5555: A film

So, I just finished watching the Daft Punk anime film "Interstella 5555" which is a film version of their concept album "Discovery". The film is very enjoyable in the sense of it being a sci-fi, family style anime with no dialogue content, the story being told through music and images only.

Despite it having no words of dialogue, the story is fairly effectively told, despite it being a very strange sci-fi story of apparent world domination through an ancient, undying evil...through the use of several music stars from other universes. It is a very strange story, but the characters are likable, and it's fun and interesting to see every song on the album fit to the animation built for it.

The film can also very easily be analyzed through any number of lenses - the man who kidnaps the band forces them onto earth and makes them look human, and then to make the people of earth imitate them in every way. This can be interpreted easily as a metaphor for both colonialism, and for capitalism. The film also focuses on the band's loneliness, perhaps being a comment on the disillusionment with being a celebrity.

All in all, it's a fun watch if you have a spare hour in your day, and enjoy the heavy electronic beats of Daft Punk.

1 comment:

  1. I also strongly recommend their other film, "Electroma." Be warned that it is very slow and very deep. But very, VERY good. A true art/sci-fi film.