Agreed. I have a lot of respect for directors who get really inventive and innovative, Alien is a perfect example of that (the guy on a skateboard underneath the table when the famous chest-burster scene happens who has the alien on a stick, the fact the face-sucker is comprised of different seafood). Peter Jackson invented a lot of his own material too, esp in his early works like Bad Taste...
yeah, delving mad into horror from pre-21stC decades really made me appreciate the fuck out of animatronics, miniatures, make-up and genius fucking art direction that you see in those horror/sci-fi/fantasy movies.
Haha, I confused Noriko and the youngest daughter for the longest time, and was tremendously confused. As for what you said (being a bit vague because typing in white is a pain), I don't think there's a break in the film: here it is this emotion, here it is that. I agree with you about the tremendous sadness of the first hour and a half. And I agree with you that the actions at the end are thoroughly logical. But it's precisely that sadness that makes it logical, and precisely that logicality that makes those actions carry such weight. It almost seems like you're suggesting that because their actions are so understandable, you can sympathize with them too much. I agree up until the "too much". I can't really figure out how to express it but the very understandability of what they're doing is huge part, for me, of why it's so painful to watch. Everything is expected; everything is in a rut. No one is able to get past where they were before (except perhaps the youngest daughter—she is the only character whose path is still open-ended when the film ends, I think).
So you're saying that you find the weight of the film towards the end so great because you're presented with a logic and a reality that you find sad irl and you had rather not be faced with this unpleasant reality but you appreciate the film all the more because it doesn't shy away from making you face that sad fact of life and in doing so brilliantly it ends up being one mother of a movie? aight aight