[Review] Thermae Romae (2012)
So I recently saw the new Hiroshi Abe film, “Thermae Romae”. Now before you continue, please note that I have not seen or read any previous material from this franchise, so I have nothing to compare it with. Firstly, the film started out very well, hilarious at it’s best points. The story was well drafted, if not a little rushed, but what can you expect considering the material it’s adapting? Most notable in this movie is the performance by Hiroshi Abe, he never ceases to impress me. He’s funny, stoic and clueless all at the same time. Other performances, such as that of Ueto Aya, were not quite as convincing. I can’t say she’s my favourite actress, however I’ll be sure to try her again in her film next year with Matsumoto Jun.
The comedic aspects are what kept this film alive, some other aspects were just appalling. Note; the horrific dubbing of Japanese voices over some of the actors. But that didn’t lead the film astray from it’s fun atmosphere, particularly from some of the almost adorable old men in the film. The scenes involving these older characters were free-spirited and fun, as if they were as youthful as ever. It’s this sort of feeling that made Thermae Romae such a funny film. I advise anyone interested in history, Hiroshi Abe, laughter, baths or just a good old film to check this out. It’s certainly worth a run through.
Cast: ★ ★☆
Story: ★ ★☆
Production: ★ ★☆ (Points lost for voice acting, but settings were impressive)
Total: ★ ★☆