TL;DR – An interesting vignette, but more focusing on the style than the substance
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
I mentioned earlier this week with Familiar Strangers, that it was the shortest film that I had ever reviewed for the sight, well not three days later we are going to beat that record with Sol Levante. An animated short made in 4K HD that I don’t think anyone in the world is going to see at 4K at least not for the foreseeable future.
This is an interesting film to review because there is not a whole lot to it, but then it also feels like there is a bit more to it than first appears. There is not a story, bar a young woman fighting I want to say demons across a shifting landscape. There are quite a few of these set-piece moments that the fit into the three minutes run time that hint at things. It is a film that fits into the sort of nexus of fantasy, science fiction, and spiritual genres and is steeped in symbolism if nothing else.
The animation was not something I could see in the full glory it wanted to and that does make it a little difficult to review. However, for those of us who don’t have a 4K tv/monitor or don’t have access to one at this point, I would say the animation is good, but you feel like you are not seeing the full picture. Indeed, I wonder what this would be like seeing it on the big screen, would see more on the intricate details but then that could just be the isolation kicking in.
In the end, do we recommend Sol Levante? Well, yes. Look it is a film that pushes more symbolism over story, and bombast over subtlety. However, none of that matters all that much because it is only three minutes long. It knows completely how to not outstay its welcome and finishes before those things that it lacks draws it down. I wonder if we will see more of this world in the future, I wouldn’t mind if we do. If you liked Sol Levante, I would also recommend Mirai.
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Credits – All images were created by the cast, crew, and production companies of Sol Levante
Directed by – Akira Saitoh & Hisashi Ezura
Music by – Emily Rice
Cinematography by – Akira Saitoh
Edited by – Akira Saitoh
Production/Distribution Companies – Netflix
Rating – Around an Australia: PG;