Violet Evergarden: The Movie

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Emotionally intense anime has violence, beautiful detail.

NR 2021 140 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 14+

Visually delicious; emotionally intense; thematically rich

[This review is for the entire series, not just the concluding movie.] This beautiful anime is available on Netflix and DVD. It's not perfect--there are not exactly "plot holes," but there are some implausibilities--starting with Violet's prosthetics--that have to be overlooked or forgiven. And I would also argue the plot and writing aren't *quite* good enough to "earn" the emotion it's trying to elicit. However: if you take it as the full animation medium, not as a prose story, you have to factor in the artwork... and at that point, I think it probably does earn it all. Indeed the art is really superb. Wartime flashbacks excepted, it's universally lush, colorful, detailed, beautiful, and heavily floral (there are big flower themes going on throughout, on a per-character and per-episode basis; you will miss a bit if you don't know your flower names). The core of the story is a slow-burn theme of healing from trauma--chiefly via helping *others* to heal (i.e., "living life" vs. just being a sponge of neediness). There is a some language in a few intense scenes, some bloody-but-not-gratuitous wartime violence in flashbacks, one or two show-nothing bathing scenes, and one astonishingly low-cut outfit for a supporting character. But all that said: this show is perhaps the best example I know of for "pervasive sensuousness but virtually zero sensuality." See: https://www.vocabulary.com/articles/chooseyourwords/sensual-sensuous/ It's really kind of amazing in its restraint in that regard. Hugely Romantic; never erotic. There's some time-lapse and technological advancement throughout the show, which is nicely integrated into the themes of interpersonal connection and help--all in all it seemed a very charitable and "humane" treatment of technology. The English subtitles are a different translation from the English dubbing--I used both for fuller understanding; both have their merits and the dubbing seemed fine to me. The jumble of videos can be confusing, so here's the chronological watch order: Violet Evergarden Series: episodes 1–4 (25 min each) Violet Evergarden (2018 Special) (45 min) Violet Evergarden: episodes 5–13 Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memories Doll (1.5 hrs) Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2 hrs) In the context of the sweep of the whole show--and understanding the character and arc of those involved--the relational age-disparity mentioned by a previous reviewer never even occurred to me as an issue. Anyhow: I recommend. :)

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age 18+

parents need to watch this first

The "romance" in this movie is between a teenage girl (IMO drawn as a preteen in some flashback sequences) and an adult man. Parents need to watch this ahead of time and be prepared to discuss grooming, trafficking, and age appropriate relationships with their children.

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