The dialogue is dubbed into English by generic actors, whose phony, emotionless rendition undermines what's on the screen.
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A hallucinatory tour de force of color, perspective and scale, virtually encapsulates the history of Japanese animation.
May not have the most sophisticated narrative, but it is one of the most spectacular and masterly demonstrations of animation in screen history.
The look is utterly faithful to Tezuka's aesthetic -- he loved classic Disney animation, especially "Bambi" (1942) -- but it's hard to empathize with the angst of a character who looks like a Super Mario Brother.
By the time the explosive finale arrives (with a wistful Ray Charles crooning over shots of cataclysmic destruction, no less), you'll be hard pressed to name a recent film with this much action, pathos, and smarts.
A wild elaboration. If you have never seen a Japanese anime, start here. If you love them, Metropolis proves you are right.
They should have produced this in 3D for IMAX as Metropolis is the kind of work destined to blow the minds of stoners everywhere.