So I finally watched the highly revered third Madoka movie and rather than write a review about it I will instead describe my experience watching the film on a Sunday morning in a dark room.
Here’s my review of the main series:
WARNING! This review/experience is chock full of spoilers so if the reader is one of the few Madoka fans out there who has yet to see this movie, stay away from the red text.
Genres: drama, psychological, magic, supernatural
Themes: Magical Girl, Dark, tragedy, yuri
Running time: 119 minutes
Plot Summary: Madoka Kaname used to be a normal girl living happy days of her life. This all ended when she sacrificed herself in order to save other magical girls from the utterly cruel fate that awaited them. Unable to let her memories of Madoka die, Homura Akemi continues to fight alone in the world that Madoka left behind for humanity in order to see her smile once more.
If the viewer is an avid Madoka and has seen the TV show in its entirety or the two preceding recap movies then picking this one up is a no-brainer. Because it’s a movie, the animation quality is twice as good, the doodles/”witches” are twice as bizarre and epic, the music is both recognizable and superior, the story retains its cryptic, symbolic depth that the show is known and it’s as dark as ever. Whether the story will make sense to the viewer depends on how well they understood what happened.
That’s my mini-review of the movie. Now on to the meat of this post:
The first 30 minutes felt like a tease to the fans of what most initially expected the Madoka show to be like. It was amusing and effective. The henshin and “feeding frenzy” finishing sequences were adorable. Don’t really care to understand why they finished the wraiths off by feeding them. Probably something similar to the recent Godzilla commercial. I don’t think I’m the only fan who got a chuckle from Hitomi turning into a wraith. Silly character.
The movie officially begins at the 31 minute mark when Homura asks Kyouko this question that changed the mood of the movie entirely. Before this I thought the previous two recap movies had made some exclusive changes not present on the TV show. Turns out the storyline, as far as the Madokaverse goes, started making sense.
So the writers started off with a “False Paradise” scenario here and when Homura sort of summarized the important events of the TV show I had a feeling that Bebe here being the culprit would have been too obvious. She wasn’t. Bebe is one weird looking mouse. At least she could still transform into Charlotte.
They promoted this brand new character that would debut in the movie and not only is she never addressed as Nagisa but it took around nearly an hour for Bebe to reveal this form. Other than being adorable, I feel Nagisa’s only purpose was to give Mami a girlfriend. Bebe didn’t really do much in this form.
The intimate moment between MadoHomu was like a replay of the intimate moments they had on the TV show. In short, it was very touching.
I also sensed familiar subliminal messages about humankind and their inability to accept true peace. I mean, when Homura began remembering stuff, she brought up things that made me think about questions pertaining to why it is incredibly difficult for world peace to exist. Questions like “Can humanity actually achieve world peace?” “If it is achieved, will humanity accept it?” “If the possibility of acquiring world peace can be achieved at the price of living a lie, will you take it?” “If it is revealed that YOU are the source of the lies, what will you do?”
I sense both Paprika and Inception motivated this first twist. So the source of the “False Paradise” and the “Homu-ception” was Homura all along being experimented by the demented furries from planet Saturn, seeking to learn the secret of “god” (Madokami) and how to gain control of her. An alien race that is willing to manipulate existence in the name of research. The Incubators must have secretly been working for the United Nations or the unholy alliance of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Ung.
The amount of suffering this girls had gone through all this time…my goodness. Would it ever end? This had better not secretly be subliminal messaging stating that “This happened because Homura’s a lesbian”. Yeah…that’s reading too deeply into it and I’m not known for delving deep into anime storylines.
It paid off. KyouSaya 4 Life! You know what’s good about this show? The yuri can be completely overlooked by the naive but the yuri nation can see the truth and be glad they can without suffering any prejudice from the foolish…then again, Madoka is a mainstream sweetheart and they usually get bombarded with crack by the foolish.
You not only a second big bang (the Homupocalypse) but the birth of Darth Yuri, a being far beyond the Dark Side of the Force. Homucifer SPITS IN THE FACE of the Midi-chlorian nonsense. So my best explanation for the birth of the anti-goddess is that Homura had had enough and could not take it anymore. She was going to have Madoka all to herself and was willing sacrifice all existence and alter reality to achieve this goal if need be. Woman’s scorn and all that…Whether viewers empathize with Homura or not was probably debated to kingdom come after the movie came out and some viewers watched the Camrips.
I find it amusing that love, the already established ultimate weapon against evil in the magical girl mythos, was the instigator of the second big bang. Another important life lesson we should all take to heart, love can be both a blessing and a curse.
After finishing the movie I was left with one simple question…is “Homutopia 2” really so bad? The first “Homutopia” wasn’t all bad.
So yeah, the movie was worth the wait…Happy Easter.