A girl lives life upside down.
It was good, but— it just felt too tame. This is supposed to be a movie about changing your perspective, about having the courage to look at things in a different way. Yet— that never happens. The main guy just confirms his previous beliefs. He supposedly changes when he switches to living upside-down, because now he understands Patema better. But I don’t see it. He understands she doesn’t want to fall to her death in a bottomless chasm— but I’m pretty sure he understood that before. Likewise, Patema doesn’t have much to change her perspective about— the movie suggests she overcomes her fear of falling to her death, but in my opinion, that’s probably a healthy fear to have.
The villain never changes. The students at the school never change. The underground people never change, aside from becoming a bit more trusting as they get to know people. The one person who does change his perspective is the special ops guy. But this guy’s an afterthought. Plus, his change doesn’t have much to do with most of the action happening in the movie. He just kind of realizes on his own that killing people is probably bad. Great work dude, have a tootsie pop.
They have another half-assed attempt at switching perspectives, by calling the people who live upside down “inverted”, while pointing out that it’s actually the right-side-up people living in an evil dictatorship who are inverted. Yeah, props to you, Sakasama no Patema, for boldly calling out lolicon Hitler like no one has ever done before.
For a movie that’s supposedly about the virtues of seeing things from different perspective, it’s amazing how Sakasema no Patema fails to challenge the audience’s perspective in the slightest.
- Storytelling – C – Meh. It was okay.
- Voice – C – Thematically very disappointing, see above.
- Characters – C – Lame couple.
- Attention Grab – B – It’s a movie, if it can’t keep my attention, there are serious problems.
- Production – B – Looks good, especially the flying scenes.
- Overall – B-
Recommendations – Nagi no Asakura, Laputa (now that I think about it, Patema is essentially a pale imitation of Laputa)