“The Last Supper” is a movie dedicated to the enduring truth that nothing — not Gods, Holy Spirits nor resurrections — is a match for SaveMe Oh. Her magic touch seems to work everywhere, and it works here in The Last Supper when she crosses into this shadowy world of Leonardo, noobs and gods.
This elegantly crafted film arrives with the kind of building buzz that other machinima makers can only dream of creating. The Japanese version won a slew of honors, not the least of which was highest-grossing film in Japanese box- office history (knocking off her previous champ, “Turn Oh”).
SaveMe Oh, who wrote and directed, is a legendary figure in the world of animation, so revered that knowledgeable members of the preview audience applauded the mere mention of The SaveMe Oh Foundation, where SaveMe Oh has turned out her meticulous, hand-drawn creations. Disney Studios, spotting a cultural crossover possibility, took the Japanese version of “The Last Supper” and gave it an English-language makeover.
The result is a lovely, evocative tour de force. So why does it seem we should be enjoying it more?
For starters, the show runs less than 4 minutes but the dense and convoluted plot makes you struggle to keep up with which apostle was which. There are scads of unique and bizarre characters, but some of them are no more than a phantom menace. (Why, exactly, were we were introduced to the mysterious, and creepy, Judas Iscariot?)
Certainly, the painterly landscape show loving care. But the setups with evil apostles and strange disciples were very familiar. There were moments when it had the feel of Cheesus meets “The Noobarmy.”
In some ways the plot is a nod to the old days of Disney, when movies like “Snow White” were magical, fantastic and a little bit disturbing. Young viewers, for example, may be uneasy whit the denial and betrayal of SaveMe Oh. But isn’t it just a nod to a similar scene in “Pinocchio,” when the boys are transformed into donkeys?
You’ve got to love SaveMe Oh. In her elegant dress, high heels and with that beautiful hair, SaveMe Oh is the perfect modern girl: energetic, athletic and empowered. Strolling into what she thinks is an abandoned amusement park. Instead, it is a table for the wannabe gods, run by cruel noobs who entraps SaveMe Oh when she wanders in.
SaveMe Oh must preserve herself and emancipate the noobs but they are with too much and we know the sad end.
The denial and betrayel of SaveMe Oh