By terryh on Sep 15, 2005
Steam Boy (Katsuhiro Otomo)
I give this movie about 7/10. The basic plot is a typical alternative-history Victorian setting sci-fi, involving masses of steam-powered war machines. It is an animated move.
I'll get the moaning over with first. The story is not that strong, and some quite severe suspension of disbelief is required for those of us with real knowlege of heavy engineering. Furthermore, the philosophy espoused by the characters is rather simplistic.
With that out of the way, I have to say I did enjoy the movie, mainly because of the visuals. A mixture of CGI and cel animation was used, and I thought it was stunning. There was only one short scene where I thought the CGI detracted from the look (which was where the mechanical hand was grabbing for Steam Boy as he flew around in the boiler room). I'm not sure if all the backgrounds were CGI, or if some of them were hand-painted. But some of the street scenes were simply stunning, and the details of many of the mechanisms were similarly amazing.
I watched this on pay-per-view TV, and I intend to buy the DVD so that I can geek out over the artwork some more.