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Review: Netflix Entergalactic – Bubbleblabber

Overview: Jabari, a trendy millennial graffiti artist, has just moved to Manhattan to star a comic book for his character Mr. Rager, the tall, dark, violent gunman with hair like a billowing nuclear blast. He hangs out with his friends, smokes pot and goes to wild parties. While trying to sleep one night, he meets his neighbor, photographer party girl Meadow, and love quickly blossoms between the two. The two try to navigate their love while their circle of friends pressures them to escalate their relationship and they have to deal with all the drama that comes with a relationship.

Our Take: Bold is the first word I would use to describe what this movie looks like. It’s absolutely gorgeous. The characters are all sharp and angular, and the film is saturated with bright neon colors. The aesthetic is so daring and memorable, so uncompromising and beautiful. The animation is also well done. The characters animate with realistic weight and movement. I wouldn’t be surprised if everything was filmed with real actors and then animated with rotoscoping. It gives it a very unique look unlike most other animated films. It’s also not afraid to play around with other art styles, especially in flashbacks when characters are reminiscing about their love lives. These sequences are given just as much care and love as the main animation and it’s a very nice change from the pseudo-realistic look the rest of the film has.

There’s a surprising amount of action early on. They point out early on that Jabari is really good with his bike, so the creators couldn’t resist the opportunity to do a montage of him doing a lot of cool tricks. There’s also a very bombastic sequence where Jabari has a nightmare fighting a giant monstrous version of Mr. Rager. I absolutely loved this sequence, but those more exciting sequences disappear in the second half of the film. There’s absolutely room for another exciting action set in the climax, but I totally understand that if they don’t go in that direction, they could ruin the pacing of things.

Great importance is also attached to the music. The above action sequences are all set to popular rap songs, in addition to scenes where Jabari goes to wild parties or he has passionate sex with Melody. I don’t have much taste in music, especially the kind of music that’s in Entergalactic, but I thought the songs were a very important part of the film, without which it would be much less. It gives it its own special vibe, and finding what suits your unique taste is a major theme of the film.

Entergalactic is divided into six chapters, each with its own animated title card. That’s weird, but not bad, and a closer look at the production shows they’re probably a holdover from the days when Entergalactic was intended as a full television series rather than a movie. I still like her. The story flows well and is easy to follow with this setup.

One of the film’s major recurring themes is that of authentic love. It keeps mentioning a dating app that a majority of the supporting cast uses and they mention it performs poorly and is a piece of crap, with that subplot getting a very nice payoff that I don’t want to spoil. I think that goes well with Entergalactic. It’s a bold, stylish, sexy film that doesn’t want to compromise on anything and I absolutely love that about it. It’s not a cynically crafted heist from a bunch of heartless suits, it’s an authentic story full of love and passion and one I wholeheartedly recommend.

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