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Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll Review: Glasgow Film Festival

I’ll be honest I have not watched the show in its entirety. It’s another show that got lost in my watchlist and I know I have to watch it. So you might be thinking why did I go see this film  without seeing the show before hand. It is because I love the studio behind the show and film Kyoto Animation. Their previous film A Silent Voice is a personal favourite of mine so I’ll go see anything they work on.

Violet Evergarden I: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll is about a Doll (which is someone who works to assist others by writing for them) called Violet Evergarden. She is hired to help Isabella as she is struggling with her lessons at “the prison” also know as the all girl school she attends. At first Isabella is very cold too violet but as the film continues Isabella opens up too her about her past.

Let’s get my biggest issue out the way. This film feels like an extended episode of a tv show and it feels like a film of 2 half’s. While this didn’t bother me it still is an issue I think is important to bring up. But for fans of the show this isn’t a bad thing, if you love the show you’ll love this movie even as someone who hasn’t watched this show I was still caught up in this lovely, sweet and sad story about love.

It’s a beautiful story which is accompanied by, jaw dropping animation a visual feast for the eyes. Kyoto Animation keeps proving they still create some of the most beautiful animation on this planet. The film is accompanied by a beautiful score which fits very well and the voice acting is really great.

There’s a moment were a character mentions she wants to be a mail person as she wants to bring people happiness and to me the message hit me hard in a very emotional way and especially after the horrible arson attack that happened against Kyoto animation last year. This film made me a tad emotional as film brings me happiness and Kyoto Animation has brought not only me so much happiness but also many other people. So it is tragic that reality made this film more impactful.

Written By Robert Drever

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