WHY DOES SUCH A POORLY EXECUTED MOVIE HAVE TO BE SO BEAUTIFULLY ANIMATED
I FEEL DIRTY FOR LIKING IT
Perhaps it’s not as poorly executed as you think. :-p
oh, there’s definitely a lot that the film has going for it in what it does well—the symbolism, the soundtrack and animation, things of that nature—yet the ending seems to subvert a LOT of what made the series itself so beautifully done.
(and this is ignoring some of the gross stuff urobuchi said in interviews. if it’s not apparent from watching/analyzing the show, it’s not worth noting.)
in the series homura’s choices are painted as morally gray; she starts off with pure intentions that gradually become warped with the repetition, becoming more obsessive and harmful to madoka and others, but she never is intentionally malicious or psychopathic— her steely facade wears her down emotionally. her devotion to saving madoka is unhealthy, but at the same time madoka is her only hope for salvation.
whether homura’s actions are selfish or selfless is arguable, and that’s sort of the point. she’s not supposed to be the ultimate good or ultimate evil; she’s a young girl whose good intentions paved her road to hell.
but in the film, the viewer is basically bashed over the head with a very definite declaration that homura is corrupt, and that her motives are destructive and selfish. going further, it tells us that it’s not just homura as a person who is bad, but that her love is evil as well, which diverges wildly from the feeling of PMMM the series.
basically it ruins the emotional depth and complexity of homura as a character.
and plus, that whole yandere oooh demon “love” is cliche, boring, and predictable. i expected better than that.