Marcel the Shell with Shoes On (2021)
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This was SO Wholesome. :)
My Cold, Cynical heart needed this.
Reusing only a couple of moments from the original short, the Marcel the Shell with Shoes On feature film finds a way to extend the mockumentary format to a very full 90 minutes in various ways. One is the introduction of a touching grandmother character played by Isabella Rossellini (shades of Green Porno). Another is giving Marcel a tragic mystery, something to explore and resolve, even though most of the picture is, like the originals, a series of vignettes. And a third is evoking the lore of this absurd universe, without really explaining anything. But I felt engaged by what wasn't said. Ultimately, the film sings thanks to Jenny Slate evidently improvising and making film maker Dean Fleischer Camp break. Their dynamic creates solid naturalism for what is complete fantasy. And through the longer format, Camp and Slate are able to explore deeper themes of loss, celebrity and autonomy, often rather poetically. It also wins by being completely unlike any other animation film, a field that sometimes seems a bit samey, at least at the big studios.
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