Do you ever sit around thinking about how badly you wish someone would bridge the gap between INCEPTION and DREAMSCAPE? Suppose I told you that someone was director Satoshi Kon, and that he did just that in 2006 with his magical film PAPRIKA. Did I just blow your mind? Well, get used to it, because this is one of the most brain exploding animated experiences you’re likely to have.
Telling the story of Dr. Atsuko Chiba, who is one of a group of scientists that have learned how to enter a patient’s dreams, PAPRIKA masterfully uses its animated format to show how completely bizarre dreams really are. This is not something you could pull off in a live action film. And Kon simply revels in that fact. Filled with images and ideas that will stick with you for days, PAPRIKA gives us a tough lady who can kick ass in the real world and the dream world.
With one of the trippiest soundtracks of all time, a parade that will possibly scar your psyche, and the distinction of being Satoshi Kon’s last feature film before his death, this is not a film to be missed. (David Chisholm)