That was absolutely phenomenal!
That was absolutely phenomenal!
IâEUTMll preface this review by stating that IâEUTMm a long-time fan of your work; I remember loving Smile! at a high school age, and Hanged ManâEUTMs Elegy being my favorite thing on Newgrounds all the way back when I was just starting college.
Lucky Day Forever is fascinating right from the get-go; a dystopian future that is strictly divided between two classes of people; the miserable Proles, who work crappy, trivial jobs with only the vague promise of possible future stardom fueling their daily struggle, and the society of the beautiful people: all of them rich, all of them famous, all of them constantly partying and having sex: theyâEUTMre all celebrities. The really depressing thing about this future vision is that there doesnâEUTMt appear to be any class warfare; the Proles seem to have no means, not to mention any desire, to fight back against the beautiful society. They so badly want to be integrated into this society that they allow themselves to be exploited, just for the distant possibility that one day that can ascend to true glory. But what glory is there really in this beautiful society? Upon closer examination, itâEUTMs a horrifyingly superficial place; the people there hide their inner ugliness under pretty masks and commercials that show off their âEU~hot bodsâEUTM. Even in this beautiful society, the people are just as much blind victims of commercialism as the Proles; they are encouraged at every turn to partake in pure indulgence; especially of the sexual variety. Because, hey, nothing sells quite like sex appeal.
The only thing I was curious about was simply; who runs this society of beautiful people? We see the security guards at one point, but we never really get any idea of who instated this society, no less who upkeeps it. Who creates these commercials? Where did this status quo of partying, drinking, and sex come from? But this does work to your advantage as it leaves more to the viewerâEUTMs imagination. ItâEUTMs easy to imagine that this simply reflects modern society; nobody truly decided that spring break on MTV was to be beach parties and topless women, with unattractive men watching from afar, wishing they had some means to access this world. Indeed, many people work crappy jobs and then indulge in commercial beer brands and scratch-it tickets, whilst observing an unrealistic standard of beauty on television. In that way you have seamlessly tied this grim dystopian future into modern society.
One thing I found especially interesting was the pride that the converted Prolies took in their âEUoeaccomplishmentâEU. B14âEUTMs speech about how proud he was that he âEUoebought them ticketsâEU was so shallow; he hadnâEUTMt accomplished anything by working hard or persevering; he just bought some lucky tickets, and that was all his life was about now. Though, by far my favorite aspect of this animation was the escape sequence; the desperation of the protagonist to escape from this vapid, shallow world once he saw up close and personal how awful and fake it all was. It was a truly intense moment where we see this poor, naked Prole running desperately through a crowd of the beautiful people; they barely notice him as he passes by; and yet he is so frightened that he cam think of nothing but a return to his normal life as a Prole; at least that life wasnâEUTMt fake. At least that life made sense.
In summation, your conceptualizing was flawless. You had an original idea; one that you had been expressing all the way back in âEUoeSmile!âEU, and you have now fully realized. And on the filmâEUTMs technical merits, aside from one or two moments where the animation hicupped slightly, thereâEUTMs very little in the way of flaws to point out. The music was excellent; the song during the escape sequence was especially atmospheric and matched the emotion of the protagonist perfectly. I myself am a voice actor, but found very little to nitpick in the voiceover of this film; everybody involved was believable.
Congrats, Sarkazm: this is a truly great work of art.
Breathtaking. It's like the two magnitudes greater version of the age-old flash short 'SMILE'. This of course surpasses it by far in both message and visuals. I'm going to spread this.
This movie's showing nothing more than an emphasis on what is already present in our world, though not everyone's consumed by it yet. Lesij said everything, though I would like to add that democratic parties are no better than thugs elected to power. This is why I believe that the restoration of proper hierarchy of a devoted and virtuous authority would be a better solution, though I don't know if there is even a single person fit for the throne in any country in this mad world we live in.
Im not gonna write an essay like these's try hards, are they takign a class that had them respond to this or what? damn. I though it was amazing, so good that i watched the whole thing when i only had a minute to spare, anyway dang! some interesting perspectives.