Watched January 3, 2012

Persepolis (Vincent Paronnaud and Marjane Satrapi, 2007): 3/5

I was very excited to finally get my hands on a copy of this after reading the books (in the form of “The Complete Persepolis,” which is all four books in one, translated into English) for a lit class last semester. I had very, very high expectations for this because I loved the book so much. My expectations flew even higher when I found out that Marjane Satrapi herself helped create the film version.

In some ways the film version lived up to my expectations, and in some ways it didn’t. Persepolis

The animation style stays very true to that of the books. It translates well to motion, and is a very unique style in comparison with other animated films.

I’ve seen the film described as an abbreviated version of the books, which I would agree with. While it stays true to the original content, so much detail is left out — detail that gives the book more poignancy and impact by leaps and bounds.

I think I may have enjoyed the film more had I watched it in the original French as well. Some of the dubbing in the English version sounds a bit choppy, particularly in the beginning of the film, which can be distracting.

While beautifully animated, this film adaptation is not nearly as captivating as Marjane Satrapi’s stunning graphic novel.