Thursday, June 18, 2015

Automata

Automata is beautiful.
Automata is problematic.
It's beautiful though. Beautiful. The robots are mostly puppet-ed. The plinths in the wasteland. The dirigibles above. The design of so much of it is just lovely. The old-style fax machines with preforated paper as "email" -- just lovely.
Beautiful.
That doesn't mean the movie doesn't have a lot of problems.
Dialog. Nose-hitting plot points. Embarassing teaching-a-robot-to-dance scene. Oof.
 But it sure looks great. And it has great provenience. Some Blade Runner, a touch of I Robot, a smidge of Dark City. I don't quite understand the stakes or why it takes everyone so long to figure out what everyone else is doing. But it's beautiful.