Maquia: when the promised flower blooms Review by Jgames
"Maquie: when the promised flower" was a movie I just recently watched with my friend, and yay the movie play at the right time it was supposed to. Granted the power went off for ten minutes and they had to playback the ten minutes of the movie again, but hey I at least I got A FREE POSTER! Okay, enough rambling about stuff that does not have to do with the movie to warm me up, here my review.
The movie is made by studio P.A Works, and take place in a medieval fantasy land with our main character Maquia belonging to a group of people, call the Lorph, who stop aging at their teen years and live a long lifespan. She gets separated from her group after an invasion by the king armies, and find a baby on a destroyed camp and decide to raise it.
So basically the story is Wolf Children just in medieval fantasy land with barely any magical element aside for the dragon and the Lorph. With the movie dealing with motherhood and what it means to be a mother, along with the fact that the kid she will raise will eventually die before she does, so the movie also deals with mortality, and I think overall the movie did a fantastic job on both aspects. Despite taking place in a fantasy land, the themes in the movie does hit very close to our world, with lots of relatable aspects. Like the fact that Maquia is 15 when she starts raising the baby, as she tries to learn to act like a mother, but never had parents, and is trying to learn what it means to be a mom. It is easily topic that can be related to teen mom, the difficulty of raising a child, when does one become a mom etc. It can be frustrating, and scary, but also have its moment that was very well balanced. There also the drama of them not actually being related by blood, which goes to the adoption aspect. The movie managed to deal with motherhood in a fantasy land without feeling like is trying to force a message, but can be interpreted in many ways. Plus just seeing Maquia try her best to be a mom despite never having a mom or having any idea how is like to have one made for some fun moments, and some really endearing and heartwarming scenes. It also helps that some of the other characters that she meets are also just as kind and good nature as she is. Granted I did mention Wolf Children, and I cannot say is at the same caliber of that movie, but is different enough that it does not need to be compared to. Especially since the movie does have an interesting dilemma of her raising a child who will not outlive her. Often when it comes to people with immortality or living a long time, the aspect is usually focused on the romance, so it was interesting to see them focus on the mother aspect. As it does deal with the fact that she will eventually see the person she most loves and cares for die before she does, which is something most Mother would dread to see. It was interesting and an aspect that they do go all the way, and give the proper weight and emotion to with beautiful direction to it with the moment of silence that is later accompanied by the angelic song and people crying in the theater (I, of course, was not crying, I just have bleach on my face;-().
That being said the movie also deals with racism and military power with the army trying to capture the Lorph since they want immortality and see them as evil witches, and the dragons are going extinct due to a disease and power control versus the other country, and that was the least interesting aspect. Do not get me wrong, the essential racism parallel to a group of people being hunted and believing to be evil just because they different was interesting. With Maquia having to hide her race in fear of being captured. It gave the movie a sense of danger to the characters that we grow to love, and that anybody who helps Maquia could be in danger just by helping her. That being said the war aspect was not interesting. I mean it let them have an excuse to have some bloody scene, which I could not care. The war between the two country and power control just felt like background noise, so when it became more important in the end, my interest started to wane. But the movie does pick up once it passes that, but it did get a bit messy in toward the end. Plus there a side plot with the Chief, and her struggle supposed to parallel with the growing extinct dragon (they call something else, but they are essentially dragon), but the message was sort of confusing and not as strong with the story of Maquia and her kid. I mean do not get me wrong those scenes are not bad, but the story was at it best with Maquia, which it is for the most part.
The animation was okay. There is a bit of CGI, especially with the dragons. The Dragons at the beginning were CGI, but they manage to mix it with 2d animation to make it look 2d. While I guess they did not do as good of a job as said some of the Fate anime where there are scenes where nobody would have guess it was CGI, it did a decent enough of a job where if I was not paying attention I could have mistaken it as 2d animation, and it did not stand out like a sore thumb. Maybe arguably a bit distracting in that I was wondering if it was CGI or 2d, but definitely better than the other scenes where it was clearly CGI and stood out like a sore thumb, which was disappointed, but just a small portion of the movie. The movie is mostly 2d animation and it is great with the background scenery and direction. While the design of the character does feel a bit simple, it is able to be really expressive. Granted that mean lots of nose size changes to almost nonexistent to where has that nose been XD. Granted is an anime I should be used to that, but for some reason, I kept thinking that once in a while with Maquia, probably due to how expressive she is. That being said is nothing amazing as far as anime movie, but still look as decent you would expect from P.A work.
Also shoutout to the soundtrack which was great. It does feel like other great medieval fantasy music like Final Fantasy, with them being orchestral and the vocals singing in a harmonic overtone (where they all singing one note and saying aaaaaaaaaaaa) that match the majesty of the world, with some upbeat happy town music you hear in every jrpg. What I especially love, is that they do know when to use it and not to use it. I think the scene at the end where they do go all silent, and let the audience grasp the full scope of what is happening and let it sink in before hitting us with the angelic sad music was just brilliant and was just the right combination to unlock my tear ducts. Also, the composer of the movie also composes for the ova Asagao to Kase-san, so extra shout out to Rionos since that ova made me squeal.
The movie does a great job of being set in a distant imaginary land while also dealing with intimate concepts like mortality, motherhood and some racism thrown in. The rest of the movie was just okay along with the animation, but the soundtrack was great. It manages to captured people tears with its wonderful directing, and definitely deserve a watch. I give this a B
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