Monday, March 5, 2018
Last Days of Coney Island (2015)
The film follows parallel story-lines set in 1960s Brooklyn - one having to do with the son of a carnival psychic who's indoctrinated into the mob after slaughtering his mother and her lover - a clown - who he discovers having sex. He gets his revenge further by 'shaking down' the Coney Island clowns. There's also a cop whose girlfriend - an exotic dancer - is busted in a raid that he has a hand in, causing him tremendous guilt and depression. The two stories eventually intersect - leading into a pretty dark ending.
The look of the film is MUCH rougher than any of Bakshi's past films. Having pretty much been drawn solely by Ralph - the lines are sketchy and loose and there's no 'in-betweening' - making for a less-than fluid animation style. Despite this, however, the look of film is full of charm and is awesome to look at. I've always heavily admired Bakshi's versatility in his movies themes and, as much as I love his fantasy stuff like "Fire and Ice", "Lord of the Rings" and "Wizards" - it was really cool to see him return to the sleazy 'urban decay' style that he so well depicted with "Fritz the Cat", "Coonskin" and, my favorite of all of his films, "Heavy Traffic". It's just disheartening that such an important name in animation is rejected by today's studio system who are afraid to take on adult animation on a broad scale.