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Visually appealing on almost every level, Franklyn has two divergent stories that seem to have nothing to do with each other. In one we're privy to a kind of superhero trying to avenge the death of a young girl whom we know nothing about. He chases after "The Individual" in a city known as Meanwhile. Looking, as stated earlier, somewhere along the lines of a Frank Miller graphic mixed with a kind of Dark Knight quality, the story intrigues and makes us cheer on the main character, Jonathan Preest (Ryan Philleppe, Flags of Our Fathers). I mean, trying to avenge the death of an innocent girl is noble, right? Equally intriguing within the city of Meanwhile are the many religions that flourish, including the Seventh Day Manicurists. Everyone is required to have a religious affiliation ...except our "hero" who is subsequently tracked by highly skilled fighting monks.
In the second story, a woman named Emilia (Eva Green, ...Read more ›
Story descriptions that I have read here and elsewhere can confuse more often than help, but a quick summary could include two "parallel" worlds in London converging over the course of the story, culminating in a final climactic event that ties all of the stories (real and imagined) together. Meanwhile, the visuals and sounds are conveyed eloquently and with outstanding Blu clarity. The picture is tested in every single Meanwhile City panoramic, and each time I would pause it to look for flaws and holes - but couldn't really find any. There are very few scenes with bright colors, but when they show up the saturation/contrast is just right. The DTS was ideal. Reference the scene with Ryan's character surrounding the snake guy, or any of the off-camera sounds being moved around the channels perfectly (answering machine shots, hospital sounds, etc.) Phillippe's voice does not the have the ideal inflections for a film-length narration, but you get through it because it is usually over the fantasy world sequences where you might spend more time looking at all they are putting before you.
The supplements include:
* A brief ad-plug style making of that should definitely be watched after the movie (gives away all of the twists).
* Interviews. They all last 32 minutes total, and can be watched individually or as a play all. Main cast and crew are dryly interviewed on set, but they give some vital info on the inspiration, logistics and (appropriately) some of the confusion people have in trying to describe everything that is Franklyn.
* Deleted scenes.Read more ›
The viewer is tossed right in the middle of four unrelated characters's lives each on the crest of life changing personal turmoil. Paced episodically, we have no history as to how the character reached that particular state in their life, but as the movie unfolds a workable sketch emerges just enough to satisfy our curiosity about that person's circumstance.
The fun in watching this movie- and the principal motivating factor to continue viewing- lies in figuring out how will all these unrelated plot lines ultimately be tied in and reconciled. In this regard Franklyn succeeds in delivering an unexpected twist, but does so awkwardly.
The main problem with this movie is that most of the characters are rather unsympathetic, superficial and self indulgent. It is difficult to form a bond with them or care much about their problems. The "fantasy future world" of religious dystopia offers the most satisfying experience, rich with atmosphere and some biting sarcasm. However, this "world" remains marginal to the overall theme.
Because of this tepid interest in the characters, even as the build up to some inevitable conclusion, it's more about detached curiosity of how the writers will reconcile the plot rather than sincere involvement with the movie itself. Some will call the inclusion of Meanwhile City a tease, but what it represents is really a pun. Pity the whole of the movie didn't take place there.
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This review comes a few years after I saw it. One night I was trying to sleep but I couldn't ... so I thought let's check Amazon Prime (this is no longer on Prime though) . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lindeman
Bought this because I'm a huge Eva Green fan, and was not disappointed. It was hard to follow at first, but once you start putting the pieces together it all makes sense. Loved it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Ruby Rojas
Skilled and very believable visuals and design, and occasional humor. But the "story" is a discombobulated mess of about 5 different stories, only one of which has any... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kerri K.
Eva Green rocks playing 2 different characters and not her "usual". Sam Riley is interesting to watch and is different as well. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sunny Von Tepperoff
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