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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Review: Glossary of Broken Dreams














I am not even sure how I came across Glossary of Broken Dreams, but the title was what caught my attention. What I got was a chaotic mix of everything: Animation, Documentary, Humour, Drama. 


Total Rating: 7.3/10

Originality: 
8/10

Actors: 7/10
Atmosphere: 5/10
Characters: 6/10
Dialogue: 8/10
Style: 8/10
Fun: 8/10
Predictability: 8/10
Relevancy: 10/10
Sound: 5/10

Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Documentary


THE MOVIE:
First I have to warn you, the whole movie is narrated by an Austrian, meaning you will have Arnold Schwarzenegger-accent throughout the film. 
In this movie, Johannes, decides to look at concepts we are talking about and create a glossary for words such as freedom, privacy, democracy, capitalism, market and more. 


Originality: 8/10
What an odd one. But odd can be good. It is different, it grabs your attention, and it makes you question. It is one of those movies you can not really explain to people who haven't seen them, you can only say "watch it for yourself". IT feels like one of those exercises where you are meant to write whatever pops into your head for five minutes straight, and then they made a movie out of it.  

Actors: 7/10
The actors were weird, in a good way. They added to all the oddness, even though at times it felt too much and too forced. 

Atmosphere: 5/10
The atmosphere was freaking awkward. I guess this is partly the charm of the movie, but my god it felt cringe-worthy most of the time.

Characters: 6/10
There is an element of arrogance, that Johannes believes he is superior and can explain everyone those wide spread theories better than anyone else. But he does have a few very good points. 
















Dialogue: 8/10
The voice over and dialogues are taking the piss of themselves, but my god, that Austrian accent just drove me nuts. As a German, and by nationality even Austrian, I am allowed to say that sorry, German accent is one of the most un-sexiest accents, and it regularly puts me off podcasts, Lynda videos and movies, just because that accent just ... no.
However, if you can ignore the accent, Johannes and his mates dissect political identity, capitalism and many other concepts in a really really good way. I actually took notes, because I found the thoughts they explained so interesting I wanted to read more about it. 




Style: 8/10
I had to add a section about style - because this movie is like a roll of dice with different styles, and someone rolled it and they went with it. It is unique, confusing, irritating and really really interesting. What an odd combination. We have anime-style animations, pixel animations, puppets like muppets (uh, it rhymes!) , actors and so many more. I have to point out this lady below though, which smiles at you in that creepy way for minutes while someone does her voice over (again, with a lovely or not so lovely German accent) and her creepy smile haunts me in my dreams ever since.



Fun: 8/10
It is odd how a pile of thoughts and random styles can create an entertaining documentary. I rarely watch movies in one go, especially not documentaries because I like to digest content, but this just kept me hooked until the end. God, the ending was weird, too. 

Predictability: 8/10
Because this movie was just all over the place, it was full of surprises, new ideas and new presentation styles. 

Relevancy: 10/10

The movie questions the media, our service-based economy that just exists because so many of us work so much we do not have the time to actually do those services ourselves, and also uses the ping-pong video-game analogy to explain how we humans are trapped in our current political and economic environment, because all we do is try to stay alive and hit that ping pong ball, and therefore are not free to actually pursue our dreams. 
Yes, Johannes displays in this confusing, illogical chaos of a movie how confusing, illogical and chaotic our lives are. This movie should be seen by everyone trying to understand what is going on with the world and this generation. All of those concepts that Johannes explores, and that make our generation tick, are in the end all broken dreams. 

Sound: 5/10
One major criticism: What is with all those creepy German songs? 

Total Rating: 7.3/10
I feel like this is a must watch really. It is a bit odd, but you need to stick with it, despite the first ten minutes thinking "what the hell am I watching". I believe strongly that if things make me feel uncomfortable and odd that means I am out of my comfort zone, and only when I am out of my comfort zone I can grow as a person, learn and question. So, get out of your comfort zone, and watch Glossary of Broken Dreams.

Watch the trailer!

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