Originally Posted by Mr.D
To each their own but the effects work is categorically shoddy stylised or not. Good way to save on handling colour and tone appropriately by crunching the bejesus out of it. Some of it even looks like badly deinterlaced miniDV footage. Got some interesting art direction going on but even if I'd liked it I would never describe it as anything other than slipshod.
Try Avalon instead , although I'd personally rather go to the dentist than sit through that again but it is arguably better executed.
Like you said, to each their own...maybe it helps knowing that it's based on a classic animated series from the seventies, so while it didn't meet up to whatever expectations you might have brought in with you, in actuality it very competently realized the particular visual style it was going for. It's basically a live action version of a particular sub-style of Japanese animation, and being aware of that, I found the visual style to be enthralling. Also, it was one of the first films to be shot on a digital backlot, and as such, when compared to the other such films of that time (Sky Captain in particular), I found it to be a quite inspired effort. But I do have friends to whom I wouldn't recommend this film to, so I know where you're coming from.