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The story is a very good fantasy, a young king coming of age among evil advisors. The presentation is marionettes, some of the most wonderful I've ever seen. Each one is beautifully crafted and articulated, and each is a distinct personality. The puppeteering is superb. The figures move beautifully well, even in unusual actions like swimming. They move well even when they close in with each other so much that their strings risk tangling.
What makes this movie unique is the puppets' awareness that they are puppets. The opening scene is a suicide in which one character cuts his own head-strings. Sword-fights center on cutting the other character's strings. Characters are fully aware that they are carved from wood, and subject to the kinds of decay that wood can experience. Even birth consists of a carved, wooden doll, brought to life when - well, you'll have to see for yourself. There's no need for suspension of disbelief, at least at this level: these puppets are clearly and consciously puppets.
All of which leaves a strangely involuted question of free will. The characters all act because of their own impulses, but move only when their strings move them. What connects that will to that motion? I wonder whether this is the sense that puppeteers sometimes get, when the painted wooden characters seem to develop personalities of their own.
There is nothing like "Strings." It's a kid-safe story, but you don't have be a kid to be fascinated.
This is an epic fairy tale, with kings and princesses and swordfights and quests and romance and betrayal and death and...
Yup. The whole movie is acted by marionettes with limited facial movement, but seemingly infinite physical limitations.
I was startled by the opening sequence. An elderly king sits over his desk, in the rain, writing a suicide letter to his son. My first thought was that it was a bit over-dramatic to have "rain" on the inside of his castle, but I went with it. As I carefully followed along to his voice-over, about the two warring civilizations and the ability of his son to unify the country, I saw this king raise his sword over his head...
...and cut his head-string. Dead.
I sat goggle-eyed for the next 90 minutes, seeing things I really couldn't believe.
Beautiful shots of strings ascending to the heavens...(I thought, so THAT'S why it was raining indoors. There are no ceilings)...swordfights with warriors aiming for the strings...marionette SURGERY that was horrifying to me, a surgeon!
The plot in and of itself is a fairly standard one: nothing new if you've ever read a classic fairy tale or your basic Shakespeare.
But the addition of these...these "strings'...enables the filmmakers to comment on the nature of God, the connectivity between one another, the fragility of life...even the mischief between two children.
...the birth scene was surprisingly touching. As was a death scene involving a frail old man. The way they re-interpret life and death with "string" theory is simply beautiful.
There is imagination and creativity in this film at a level I don't think I've ever seen.Read more ›
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Love James McAvoy but should not have taken a chance with this as the genre is not to my liking. If it is, however, you will probably love this film.Published 27 days ago by Scots Heather
This is an incredibly beautiful movie. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes The Dark Crystal or The Labyrinth. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Cailan S
I love this movie! It's so amazing to see how the marionettes move so fluently and the voice cast was perfect! Read morePublished 17 months ago by B.B.
There is a very short list of live action films that made exclusively with puppets. The Dark Crystal comes to mind as one of the best, and the Thunderbirds films from the 60's come... Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by SRFireside
It's not the most original story I've ever seen, but an action/fantasy movie made with puppets is new to me. It's strikingly beautiful and incredibly well done. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by J. L. Garrell
All I can say is wow! the puppetry on this DVD is just beautiful! great story line. I thought is was just beautiful!Published on October 6, 2010 by Purple Princess
This gem should be appreciated for its beauty and technical feat. I have never seen anything quite like this before and I am proud to have it in my collection.Published on June 14, 2010 by J. Bult