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.
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.