This post is the result of my ‘Oscar movies marathon’ sessions I have been going through for past few weeks. I watched several movies nominated in major categories of the upcoming Academy Awards. And though I am still struggling to keep up with the current season anime, I have no problem conjuring up another post for my blog :P
Anime cannot replace movies because anime lacks drama
Is it possible to watch only movies and neglect anime completely? Yes, most people fall into this category. Then, is it possible to just watch anime and anime only? I don’t think so. For me who enjoys experiencing fictional stories, anime cannot provide everything I want. From certain perspective, anime lacks many things that live-action movies can give me.
One of the reasons I love anime so much is because anime can easily push the boundaries of fantasy and reality. More than half of anime are at least partially fantasy. I love fantasy and anime give me plenty of it. Anime can also provide actions, sci-fi, romance, comedy and even horror. But anime severely lacks drama genre when compared to live-action movies. And before you start giving me examples of drama anime, I would like to point out that most of the drama in anime revolves around high school life. But life does not end when high school ends. Instead, life starts after high school ends. With the exception of Ristorante Paradiso, Satoshi Kon’s movies and few others, anime rarely deals with the stories of grown up people. So when I need one, I have to find that in movies where countless of stories of lives outside high school are being told.
This thought occurs to me when I was watching all these Oscars nominated movies. I watched the stories of a King who tried to overcome his stammering, the nerd who invented facebook, a ballerina who was spiraling towards mental breakdown and many others. These are intense drama with phenomenal performance. These cannot be found in anime. I used to think that anime is not just for kids but when I really think about it, does anime have enough to offer to general adult audience?
My opinions on The Academy Awards 2011
Since I have already brought this topic up, I would like to discuss a little more about the upcoming Academy Awards. Despite the lack of nominations for African-Americans, this year’s batch of movies is quite exciting to watch.
The two front runners for the big price are The King’s Speech and The Social Network. The King’s Speech is your typical Oscars favorite; an old-fashioned, performance-based story of real person suffering from mental or physical defects. Plus, this movie also deals with World War II. It is a very good movie and also very Oscar-baiting. The Social Network, on the other hand, talked about more modern subject and current social phenomenon. The script was smart and the acting was solid. But can it prevail and take the top price? I seriously doubt that since many Academy voters are old and some may not appreciate movie about facebook which is filled with talented yet very young actors. And holy shit! Justin Timberlake could act!
Black Swan has very good shot in Best Actress category thanks to Natalie Portman’s brilliant performance. Inception has little chance in taking the top price since Mr. Nolan was not nominated for directing awards, for the second time. Maybe he should start making movies about WWII or movies based on someone’s biopic. True Grit was also nominated in many categories but seriously, what was Jeff Bridges mumbling about the entire movie? I didn’t understand a word he said. Toy Story 3 was warm, fun and fluffy. But too bad it’s animated so getting nominated for best picture was as far as the film could get. 127 Hours was purely and exclusively the actor’s movie and everything depended on his performance. James Franco apparently delivered his best performance to date.
So basically, it comes down to whether the voters will choose the old or the new. The results will be revealed at the end of February.