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I Just Watched Imaginaerum…

Imaginaerum” is not only a movie, but an album from my favorite metal band, Nightwish. It was the last album lead singer Annette would participate in, released in 2011. The film was released in 2012, and was directed by Stobe Harju. The story was by Stobe and leader of Nightwish, Tuomas Holopainen.

It is about a man named Tom, in a coma after a stroke. His daughter Gem has signed the papers, so that if he were to fade, he would not be brought back again. He suffered from dementia, and couldn’t remember her, or much of anything anymore.

More distraught over a childhood of abandonment after her mother died than anything else, Gem and Ann, Tom’s former band mate, go on a search of answers as to why her father was the way he was.

The story is told back and forth between present day Gem and Ann, and Tom’s dementia riddled mind, where he is a child, going on an adventure with a snowman.

The film reminds me a lot of Tim Burton, who is known for his Gothic themes in films such as “A Nightmare Before Christmas,” “Corpse Bride,” and his film adaptation of the book, “Coraline.” If you’ve ever seen a Tim Burton film, you can see why I’m making the comparison.

The film is somewhat of a musical, but rather than take advantage of the fact that the film is starring a musical group, the story takes the approach of actually unfolding. I would also like to say I saw the ending coming, but let me tell you…I bawled like a baby. About ten minutes from the ending and onwards, my face was a waterfall and my clavicle was a pool of tears.

I did not expect the feels to hit so hard. Overall, I enjoyed the movie. While it was not what I expected, two years of waiting…it was definitely worth it.

You can watch the movie here.

Like the movie? Buy it at their official online shop!

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