For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Animated Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Non-Disney/PIXAR) Movies, here’s a review of The Congress (2013) by Reut of Sweet Archive
Thanks again to S.G. Liput of Rhyme and Reason for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Kim of Tranquil Dreams. We will be reviewing our favorite teenage/high school romance movies. Please get me your submissions by 25th June by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org Try to think out of the box! Great choice Kim!
Let’s see what Reut thought of this movie:
Here’s a film review from a happy Genre Grandeur participant. This month’s genre is Animated Sci-fi/fantasy (non Disney/Pixar) Movies chosen by S.G. of Rhyme and Reason. Thank you, S.G. for this very very cool pick and MovieRob for conducting this awesome blogging project and letting me be a part of it!
The Congress (2013)
Our beloved protagonist, Robin Wright, is at her most exposed self in The Congress. An aging actress who due to her fickleness and bad film choices have reached her acting limit. Robin has received her last acting offer by Miramount studios, where she’d have to sell her film-making rights to an animated image of her in exchange for a large sum of money and the promise to never be seen on the screen again. After harsh refusals, Robin finally decides to take the offer. Twenty years later Robin is asked to be the guest speaker at Miramount “Futurological Congress” conducted in Abrahama city, an animation constricted zone where everyone drink chemical capsules to become animated avatars of themselves.
The congress is a positively surprising and colorful film containing many innovative elements in it. It is directed by Israeli film director, Ari Folman, and is partly based on the science fiction novel The Futurological Congress by Stanisław Lem.
The Congress is an outstanding creation just for its reality-animation transitions and it’s many interpertations. It starts off as a completely ordinary drama about an overdue sad actress, busy taking care of her son Aaron who suffers from Usher Syndrome, when he’s gradually losing sight and hearing. With the signing of a contract, her world transforms into this hectic animated dystopia, she’s trapped in her animated character and everything she knows, including her son, has disappeared. The only one helping her is Dylan, an animated man and former animator for Miramount who fell in love with his animated creation, Robin Wright. The plot is filled with so many twists and turns it makes your head spin, literally, and leaves you wondering about it after. A film where animated hallucinations are offered as an alternative for a realistic world that ultimately leads to poverty and death.
The cast is amazingly picked, starting with Ms. Robin Wright who absolutely shines throughout the film as both herself and her animated image. I watch The Princess Bride that same day, unintentionally of course, and it was dealt with in The Congress a lot. It was the film which originally brought Wright to stardom. She was young and beautiful there. In The Congress, The Princess Bride (1987) is a painful memory Wright has as she’s allegedly losing her cinematic touch. She’s at her best in The Congress and I truly believe this film gave her the voice she needed. Harvey Keitel is Wright’s manager and is absolutely brilliant and touching. Paul Giamatti has a small but significant role as Aaron’s doctor. Danny Huston is great as Miramount’s representative. He’s blunt and greedy in both his real and animated versions. Jon Hamm is the sexy voice behind Dylan. He’s Robin’s animated knight in shining armor and the only one to guide her through this madness. Hamm’s positively the opposite from his very familiar tough Mad Man demeanor. There are also interesting animated references to many famous artists in the Futurological Congress, such as, Tom Cruise as Top Gun Maverick, Grace Jones, Michael Jackson, Frida Kahlo, Venus and Yoko Ono, which was fun to notice.
The Congress is a film with a message. Why shrivel in reality when you can become an ego free animation of whoever you wish to be? It’s a thought hard to inhabit as human conscious is taking over by drinking chemical milkshakes and eventually everyone’s a product of themselves.