Film Review: The Red Turtle

The Red Turtle, Studio Ghibli’s latest film, is a delightfully ponderous affair. Director Michael Dudok de Wit delivers a beautifully animated picture.

A man is shipwrecked on a deserted island. Whilst figuring out how to escape, he encounters a red turtle. This encounter changes the course of his life…

Based on his story, The Red Turtle is Michael Dudok de Wit’s directorial feature debut. It is not difficult to see why the film received an Academy Award nomination. The combination of beautiful animation and storytelling without words is something to behold. The film offers a contemplative tone, as the simple but significant story unfolds.

With no discernible dialogue, The Red Turtle tells its story through image. Diegetic sound does enhance this, as does the soundtrack. Nevertheless, the storytelling is performed through its visuals. This makes for an interesting and atypical picture.

The Red Turtle tells the story of a man shipwrecked on a remote island. But in reality, the film tells the story of life. This is conveyed both through the man’s story, and through the creatures that inhabit the island. The film gives viewers a sense of perspective. Its reflective tone gives viewers a chance to contemplate. The narrative is one that speaks about the human condition. However, the film does this in the most accessible of ways; a picture that can be understood by viewers of all ages and languages.

Dudok de Wit’s film progresses in a steady manner, and does not hurry viewers along. Thanks to the tone, it never feels like it is dragging either. The passing of time is elegantly depicted through tides and sunsets. This aspect works very well. The animation mixes simple enough figures with rich and appealing landscapes. Colour is used astutely; the black and white depiction of night is a great device. There are some wonderful shots, such as the sea at night.

With alluring animation and a theme that speaks universally, The Red Turtle is a very watchable film.

Previews: The Beguiled Trailer, Baywatch, More!

Plenty in this week’s preview of coming attractions, including the latest The Beguiled trailer, Baywatch, Alien: Covenant, and more…

The Beguiled Trailer

Here is the latest The Beguiled trailer. The film is from writer-director Sofia Coppola, and is based on the novel of the same name. The novel was made into a film starring Clint Eastwood in 1971. Coppola’s version stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. The Beguiled will be released in UK cinemas on 14th July 2017.

Alien: Covenant Crew Message

The marketing team behind Alien: Covenant are being astute at feeding viewers information before the film is released. Like the earlier clip of the crew socialising, this video reveals a bit more about one of the personalities in advance of the film’s release. Directed by Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant hits UK screens on 12th May 2017.

Baywatch Poster

Here is the latest Baywatch poster. Based on the beloved nineties television series, the action-comedy stars Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra, and Alexandra Daddario. If the original theme isn’t featured heavily in the film, the filmmakers are missing a hell of a trick. Baywatch launches onto UK screens on 29th May 2017.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Quick Peek

Here is a super speedy look at Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The film is a sequel to the 2015 hit Kingsman: The Secret Service, and sees the return of Taron Egerton and Colin Firth. They are joined by Julianne Moore, Halle Berry and Channing Tatum. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is scheduled for release in UK cinemas in September 2017.

American Assassin Trailer

Here is the first trailer for American Assassin. The film is based on the best-selling book of the same name, the film is about a CIA Black Ops recruit. It stars Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, Sanaa Lathan, and Taylor Kitsch. American Assassin hits UK cinemas on 15th September 2017.

The Red Turtle Trailer

The Red Turtle is the latest Studio Ghibli film. The animated film tells the story of a man shipwrecked on an island inhabited by turtles. The film is the feature debut of director Michael Dudok de WitMichael Dudok de Wit, who is known for his animated shorts. The Red Turtle will be released in cinemas on 26th May 2016.