In the last 24 hours, many people here at the Toronto International Film Festival got to check out writer/director Guy Moshe’s Bunraku. Starring Josh Hartnett, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, Kevin McKidd and Ron Perlman, this was one of those films on my radar since we ran the images that showcased the hyper stylized sets and costumes.
Going in, I figured the film was either going to be incredibly cool, or a train wreck of epic proportions. It was neither. Instead, I walked out thinking Moshe aimed really high with Bunraku and while some of it was pretty cool, a lot of it had some problems – the biggest of which was the two hour running time. I think if he had cut it down to 90 minutes, the film would be a lot stronger. Saying all this, I respect that he made something unique and different and think everyone (included all the actors) gave it their all. For a lot more, hit the jump:
For more on what I thought…here’s a video reaction/blog that I did with Peter from Slashfilm just a few minutes ago.