unbrokenQuick Takes: “Unbroken,” “Ida,” and “The Tale of the Princess Kaguya”

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The Media 10 doesn’t usually reviews movies, but we are changing that with “Quick Takes” a new segment that gives at most two paragraphs to recently seen movies.

Unbroken (★★1/2)

Perseverance is the moral to “Unbroken,” that is clear before you enter the theater.  Unfortunately this adaptation lacks any more narrative insight than just that. The real stars of the film are cinematographer Roger Deakins and production designer John Hutman who are given a vast canvas to showcase their creative, and intellectual talents.

Ida (★★1/2)

Shot unconventionally, yet with subtle attention-to-detail, “Ida” is another gorgeous film. Agata Kulesza steals the film with a grief-stricken performance to remember. However, in the grand scheme of things, the film feels emotionally hollow and mis-paced.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (★★★1/2)

Before showing this film to your child, you should know that it has an uncomfortably depressing conclusion. One that left me saddened and contemplative of human nature. “Princess Kaguya” is a gorgeous film that re-tells an emotional Japenese folk tale with boundless imagination.