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The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, a review by Achim




The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo kakeru shôjo)
"TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE"
Student girl Konno Makoto has a very bad day. Everything goes wrong and to top it all off in the afternoon she dies in a lethal accident… only she doesn't.

In fact, she finds herself transported a few seconds back in time and manages to avert her deadly fate. As Konno slowly discovers, she has acquired the power to jump back in time and change things at will!
Soon, she starts the whole day over, but this time without errors, only to discover that sometimes her winnings are someone else's losses. Before she knows it she's busy cleaning mess after mess. And when things go from bad to terrible she suddenly finds out there is a limit to her time-jumping, possibly leading several loved ones straight into great danger.


My thoughts:
What can I say about this movie? I simply love it! It became my favorite movie of last year. Even though I saw it 3 times during the last 6 months I had to include it in this marathon. I like it how in the beginnings the time jumps are simply played for fun but it gets more serious as the movie goes on. Sadly there is no RC1 release yet, but it is said to be coming this year. I recommend to watch out for it! Also there is a Korean 3-disc release with English subtitles available (the German release has only German and Polish subtitles).

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo)

So, I finally had the chance to see this highly praised film (at least by Tom :laugh:)... First off: :

It was a great mixture (as far as the time-traveling aspect goes) between Butterfly Effect and Groundhog Day. Butterfly Effect as far as the intent of the jumps and their effects go, Groundhog Day for similarities in the the time travel execution; she often travels several times to the past to make small alterations, just like Bill Murray needed to repeat the same day over and over. (At least that's how I felt about that.)

The story is nicely executed and most of the twists and turns were not easily predictable hence had me stunned repeatedly. Also the ending was way different from what I expected, whcih I mean in a very good way; all things I could have expected would have been clichéd. The characters are very likable, as they are introduced properly and given some background to them.

I have no real experience with anime, so this may sound awkward to others: The animation is a mixed bag. Basically held simple it still manages to convey the character's feelings and gtransfer the emoptions to the viewer. Several times I was taken out of the film though, when the animation turned what I call "Heidi"-style (at least the Germans may understand what I mean); Super big mouth while laughing and SUPER big eyes; I can handle big eyes, but SUPER big looks weird. All in all it was well animated though, with sufficient detail in the right spots.

(From Tom's Time-Travel Movie Reviews on April 12th, 2008)

Member's Reviews

Rambo, a review by addicted2dvd



Rambo
In Thailand, John Rambo joins a group of mercenaries to venture into war-torn Burma, and rescue a group of Christian aid workers who were kidnapped by the ruthless local infantry unit.

Stars:
Sylvester Stallone
Julie Benz
Matthew Marsden
Graham McTavish
Rey Gallegos

My Thoughts:
This one I watched on Showtime On-Demand. What did I think of this installment of the franchise?  Well... there was things I liked... and there was things I disliked. The main thing I disliked is while in a different place... it (and I mean all of them) is basically the same thing, Which is not really a huge deal... as you tend to expect it from past experience of the franchise. Things I liked.... I am becoming a bigger fan all the time of Julie Benz. I really liked her i this movie. But then I really don't remember disliking her in anything I have seen her in so far. Also the violence and gore is brought up yet another notch. Sure this could be a bad thing for some people... but I rather enjoy it. I mean it gives it a more real feel to it. I mean it is war we are talking about here... and if that is not violent and full of gore in real life... then what is? This is another movie I hope to add to my collection at some point before too long.

My Rating:
Out of a Possible 5


(From Weekend Movie Marathon: Anything Goes on February 26th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Inspector Gadget: The Gadget Files (1983/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

(United States)
Length:110 min.
Video:Full Frame 1.33:1
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:



Inspector Gadget
1.01 Winter Olympics

This is a series I loved to watch as a kid. This is a typical episode. Not much of a series which can be enjoyed as an adult but I guess as a kid it doesn't bother that this is a one-joke premise.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 3rd, 2012)