February 4, 2012
Some scenes drag, but the climax is worth the ticket price
Although necessary to make the audience feel sympathy for the main character, the party and school scenes where we see him being bullied seem to really drag. Actually, in general, all of the scenes where they're not using their powers and just doing "teenager things" don't seem to end when they feel like they should.
That said, everything in between, and especially at the end, make it all worth it. The telekinetic wonders these kids employ are very tastefully rendered, having avoided the need for Transformers-esque gratuity. Blegh. In Chronicle, everything really seems to fit the overall artistic style, so when they use their powers, it's not quite as jarring to the eyes. There's always a satisfying balance between realism and the fantastic. This is particularly true in the climactic "final battle" (sounds trite, I know), where things get crazy enough to feel, you know, climactic, but don't become too over the top.
Ultimately: Go see it, and fans of Akira rejoice!
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