Idiots and Angels

2008

Animation / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy

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IMDb Rating 7 10 3,010

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Reviewed by projectcyclops 8 / 10 / 10

A serious accomplishment.

Idiots and Angels is a film by long time animator and Oscar nominee Bill Plympton. The film is completely without dialogue, relying on characters actions and fantasies to tell the story. It opens with our anti-hero 'Angel' waking up, shaving, showering and having his breakfast. He drives through the bustling traffic and blows up a car that takes his parking space, then heads to a seedy bar. The bar is populated by the surly landlord, his beautiful, neglected wife and a rather rotund woman sitting in the corner. Angel orders a drink and puffs away on his cigarettes until a cocoon in his hair suddenly gives birth to a butterfly. In their own way each character expresses how they feel - The landlord wants to capture the butterfly and use it to generate business, the fat lady wants to have the natural beauty of the thing and be worshiped by men, the wife would like to soar above the heavens on it's back. Angel? He wants to smash it. Angel is a bad man and his routine is simple: drink, sell guns and smoke cigarettes. One morning he wakes up to discover two small bones sticking out of his back which he manages to cut off with his razor, but the bones are persistent and have soon grown into fully functioning wings. Visiting a back doctor with ideas of his own and delusions of fame, Angel flees and finds himself literally being forced by the wings to do good and to change his ways. While his 'friends' initially humiliate him for his new abnormality, they soon grow envious and decide they want some for themselves. Idiots and Angels is a beautiful animation with striking imagery and a unique ability to change it's tone and message in a heartbeat. What starts off as a comment on banality turns into a noir-ish thriller then transforms into a morality tale before surging head on into romance. It's also a superhero film. And a comedy. Just as the animation morphs with wildly inventive transitions so does the story and pace. Plymton has an excellent eye for imaginative and outrageous imagery and often one is uncertain if what we are seeing is really happening or just in the characters mind, for instance one scene has Angel riding the landlord's wife around the bar like a horse while Tom Wait's sings in the background. The soundtrack as well as the visuals has a lot to do, essentially making up one half of the experience and it just shines with some great choices of both classical and contemporary pieces. Basically I think everyone should see this film. It's a serious accomplishment and I think that Plympton should win his first long deserved Oscar for it. I first became aware of his work when I tuned into late night television aged fifteen and had my mind blown by 'I Married a Strange Person!', his surreal 1997 feature. With Idiots and Angels he has kept the same humour and outrageousness and built on the style to add a heavy emotional air that made me begin to really care about the characters and their fate.

Reviewed by melloyellobiafra 9 / 10 / 10

Plympton's Best Feature By A Mile

While I have long enjoyed Bill Plympton's short films, I have been left cold by his features. That is until Idiots and Angels came along. The movie is completely free of dialogue and this combined with Bill Plympton's trademark surreal images gives the movie hypnotic quality. I have to say, after all the fuss that was made about the first 30 minutes of the mediocre Wall-E, you would think an animated movie that is without any dialogue at would be declared the greatest thing since sliced bread by the movie going public. Who knows? That may happen, but I doubt it. I'm pretty sure this movie is only playing festivals right now, but, if you have a chance to check it out I highly recommend that you do so.

Reviewed by Rectangular_businessman 9 / 10 / 10

Pretty good

I always liked the work of the animator Bill Plympton. His shorts (And his movies as well) are not only funny and imaginative (In a very twisted way) but also beautiful to look at: In all his works, Plympton manages to turn the most ordinary things from life into something unpredictable and fascinating, and "Idiots and Angels" isn't the exception. While the premise of this film (A selfish and abusive man who grows a pair of wings that forces him to be nice against his will) seems like some sort of moral fable, it is actually much more than that: As always Bill Plympton avoid any kind of clichés or forced messages, instead of that, he exploits all the strangeness that the plot could have. And that's why the film works so well: It's bizarre, twisted and filled with lots of dark comedy…But it is also immensely enjoyable, being able to exploit all the craziness and impossible situations that only could be done in the animated medium. Even when "Idiots and Angels" isn't my favorite film from Bill Plympton, it is still a pretty good film, with great animation and music, interesting characters and many impressive scenes. I highly recommend it, especially to those viewers who like strange and surreal films. 9/10

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