Review: April and the Twisted World

Review: April and the Twisted World

Hi guys!

Let’s start with an intro, right? My name is Maria and I’m a movie-lover.

An evening spent without watching something new is an evening wasted. Sometimes it is wasted ’cause of a bad movie, but sometimes you manage to spot something so good you can’t stay silent, you just have to spam all your friends forcing them to watch it.

Today I want to talk about a French-Belgian-Canadian cartoon “Avril et le monde truqué” aka “April and the Twisted World”. The list of countries is already inspiring, isn’t it? Add in the one and only Marion Cotillard as the voice of the main character, and the atmosphere of good European movies. If that is not enough to make you watch it, just let me tell you it is set in an alternative steampunk Paris of 1941.

Imagine a world where Napoleon died in a chemical explosion back in 1870 on the eve of the Franco-Prussian war. There’s a war for resources between the French Empire and the Americas. No radio, television, electricity, aviation, and the combustion engine was never invented and the whole world is using technologies based on coal and steam. That’s our setting.

The story is about a girl (April) whose parents are scientists working on a serum which grants unlimited power and health. Many scientists of the time disappear mysteriously. So do our heroine’s parents. The girl is now hiding from vilains and searching for a way to save her relatives while trying to finish their job on the serum. It gets a bit confusing when they move to another planet where two talking komodo dragons appear.

Generally, I must say the story is surprising and not banal. Add in the wonderfully done steampunk Paris with two Eifel towers, a bit of light humour and a talking cat. There’s, of course, a romantic feeling sparkling between the main heroine and her new friend (Paris is the city of love even in an alternative universe).

The mood is gloomy and tense throughout the whole story. The atmosphere reminds a bit of the “The Adventures of Tintin”, spiced up by the wonderful music of Valentin Hadjadj.

The art was based on the work of a French cartoonist Jacques Tardi.  With amazing backgrounds of steampunk Paris, the characters are done in a light and easy style. The characters aren’t all pretty like in modern American cartoons, but that is just as much as you need here.

So, if you’re into steampunk and inventions (which are done perfectly and just can’t stop surprising you), I highly recommend watching the story of April.

And don’t forget to check our steampunk comic – Call me Kate.

Thanks for reading and feel free to comment with your opinion about “April and the Twisted World” or any other movie that left a track in your memory!

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