- Studio: Aniplex America
- Release Date: Dec 6, 2013
The more generalized confessionals on friendship and love are a lot simpler to grasp. But the real star is the riot collage of twisty, breakneck visuals underscoring these conversations and battles.
Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings
Dec 23, 2013I don't want to say too much about Rebellion because, honestly, it is an experience. The first watch through is truly something that you haveI don't want to say too much about Rebellion because, honestly, it is an experience. The first watch through is truly something that you have to see to believe. Stunning visuals accompanied by fantastic music seem insignificant to the masterful writing demonstrated in this third and final installment to the Madoka Magica franchise.
When I say the writing is masterful, I don't mean it in the way you probably expect. This movie was not one that was needed, but is still one that can be appreciated. It almost acts as a deconstruction of the previous series; it asks questions that the original never asked, took plot twists the original never dared to take, and even manages to create an ending that will really stick with viewers for years to come.
Of course, this movie is scattered in imagery from top to bottom, and while I, personally, love this kind of thing, it does become a bit problem to people who just want more Madoka. The actual plot of the movie is not that hard to grasp, but the imagery is almost required in order to gain a solid opinion of it. And, in a way, this is a good thing. It separates the superficial Madoka fans from the ones who really analyzed the show. It separates those who want to see the amazing action scenes from those who want to dig deep into the plot and really understand it. And while the original series went about putting both sides on equal grounds of importance, the third does tend to favor those who prefer digging into the plot. Not too much, mind you, since there are a few jaw-dropping action sequences as well, but it shows its favor enough to drive the superficial fans bananas at some points.
That is my only complaint, however, and it is a minor one at most. This movie is fantastic and is an experience worth having. So, to all Madoka fans out there, do yourselves a favor and watch Rebellion.… Full Review »
Dec 13, 2013This movie was fantastic. It's everything you could have hoped for if you're a Madoka fan. Great visuals, great conclusion(?) to the story,This movie was fantastic. It's everything you could have hoped for if you're a Madoka fan. Great visuals, great conclusion(?) to the story, great new character development, great music, great animation, great everything. At the beginning, you may be confused, even if you have watched the series, or the previous movies. But for those who've never heard of Madoka Magica, you'll be in for a great surprise. It may seem all cutesy with cute girls doing their cute things, with friendship and happiness, but allow this movie to clear that image from your mind and replace it with insanity, sadness, and darkness. The fights in this movie are fantastically done, leaving me stunned for hours afterward. In fact, the plot twists and deeper meanings are still jabbing at my brain, with me and my friend debating some of the themes and ideas behind the subtlety. In short, watch this movie. Don't listen to official Critic Reviews, who can't even understand the plot, who would get rioted over for giving good reviews to a foreign film. Don't let this turn you away because it's an anime. While the series through me into a depression, this third original movie will bring some great satisfaction. Don't think everything will end in good though...… Full Review »
Sep 25, 2014This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. It's hard to rate Rebellion on it's own, mainly due to the fact that by the end, it's clear that the narrative is not finished. The twist at the end of the movie is clearly a set-up for a continuation of the series, be it another movie or a second anime season. Generally speaking, there wouldn't be an issue with this, sequel baiting is very common.
The problem here is that the Madoka Magica series already received an ending that brought closure for the characters and the viewer at the end of the original 12 episode series. Perhaps not the happiest of endings but it was an ending most would have been content with, the series felt complete. So to continue the story and have a well loved character act so out of character in order to set up a further continuation is extremely disappointing and one can only hope that the inevitable sequel can wrap up the series in a more appropriate way.
In terms of the animation and sound, it's brilliantly done, the movie looks and sounds amazing, improving in many ways on that of the original series. We'll just have to wait and see if the next film can fix the feeling of disappointment and non-closure that the ending of Rebellion has left us with.… Full Review »