Hello guys! It’s been awhile huh? I’m back now reviewing 2006’s movie Paprika.
Paprika is not a regular japanese animation you find out there, so don’t get fooled by the easygoing and cute appearance of the main character. Paprika explores the “dream surfer” theme and even though it’s very colorful and has an upbeat vibe, the movie is focused on an adult audience.
My overall thought about this movie is that It seems like you get off a high speed train right into the story so you are obligated to understand the movie while things are already happening. Did I explain my point? I’ll be clearer.
The plot, in a nutshell, is the following: A team of psychoterapists formed by Kosaku Tokita and Chiba Atsuko among others, are developing a machine called “DC Mini”. This machine allows people to enter someone else’s dreams and manipulate them in many ways but, since this gadget is not fully developed, It cannot be market. Meanwhile, the movie’s protagonist uses the equipment to try to help people with their mental problems, and she does that until someone starts to mess up with people’s mind, controlling them and threatening lives in order to conquer the world.
The movie develops really quickly, so if you don’t pay close attention, you might get lost in the middle of all the information that pops out the screen as the seconds passes. The only real problem of the movie is that the pace is not really well put.
Although the conflict is already there in the beginning, is just after the middle of the it that the villain really makes himself present in the movie, fighting directly with the protagonist. Before that, you only see Paprika dealing with side stories (that in some point connects with the main plot) and Atsuko walking around doing things that doesn’t seem to be related at all with what Paprika is doing.
Anyway, after some point you don’t really know anymore what is reality and what is dream, which is one of the biggest highlights of the movie. The idea of “dream surfing” is very well executed and it compensates for some flaws in the movie.
The ending, unfortunately, is a little dissapointing but nothing that spoils the fun.
Overall Rating: Great / Very Good / Good / Regular / crap.