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The Way of the Birds (2000)

  Directed by: Sarah Watt
Written by: Meme McDonald
Links: The Way of the Birds on the IMDb
Genre: Short

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Sorry, I'm over it" - a review by pearly

Way of the Birds is quite a departure from Sarah Watt's other films. Based on a children's story book written by Meme McDonald, the film is about a young mute girl who is obsessed with birds. Her mother is worried about her, and hopes that she will be able to grow out of her fascination, and properly join the human world, but, for the moment, the girl is more content with her winged friends.

Unfortunately, the film, only a short animation, is still way too long. At just over twenty minutes, I think that a good third to a half of this could have gotten the chop, and it would have ended up a better film. Being based on a children's book, I would think that you would struggle to get a child to sit fascinated in front of this for that amount of time, which leaves its real audience as adults, and it was too meandering for me to really enjoy at this length. I became very fidgety indeed whilst watching it.

Whilst the ultimate conclusion of the tale is quite emotional, I was really just happy that it was over, and couldn't fully appreciate it for what it was. Perhaps this was just a bit of lag from having watched Watt's other short films back to back, and I still appreciated some of the technical aspects of the film, such as the quality of the animation, but I couldn't say that I enjoyed myself on the whole.

pearly gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 9 Aug 2005

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