In this edition of things you might not have seen blog series, I will talk about the 2019 Chinese animation White Snake.
The first thing that grabbed me about the movie was the animation itself. It looks more like a high resolution video game than an animated movie. The visuals are stunning! If for anything, you must see the movie for the stunning landscapes.
On to the story itself, White Snake is based on a chinese legend and since I am unfamiliar with it, I had to go with what the movie showed me. It is an intriguing story of love, friendship, sacrifice, fate and even, reincarnation.
The main protagonist suffers from amnesia after engaging in a battle with the enemies of the snakes and comes across our adorably clumsy at love hero, who is a human.
Since she doesn’t remember that she is a snake, she gradually falls in love with a human, her people’s sworn enemy. The premise made me wonder, how much of instilled hatred towards another race, person, background would be gone if you simply didn’t remember what you were taught?
There is a commentary on division by the concept of race, power that corrupt and all the innocent lives that get caught up in wars for power and harmful ideology, all topics that resonate the environment now.
I feel like there were a lot of references that were made with a wink and nod that I missed and would have led to a richer experience watching the film if I knew what they were! 😭
What was the full story about the sassy fox Demon? Why was the relationship between the main protagonist and her sister shown to be almost sensual? What about the ending?…it definitely feels there would be a sequel.
White Snake is a great love story which would make even a cynic root for love. If you get a chance, do consider watching this animation. I am sure you will discover things that will move you, especially the lovely visuals.