Mr. Movie

'Waltz with Bashir' difficult, intense, creative

Animation isn’t always kid-oriented fluff.

Waltz with Bashir is an animated depiction of Israel’s 1982 invasion of Lebanon through the eyes of a soldier who struggles to remember the details of his involvement.

It's done via live-action, and it bombs. The animation gives a surreal, nightmarish quality to the story.

Directed by Ari Folman, who also plays himself, the multi-award-winning film is ugly but powerful and -- with an ethnic-cleansing undertone -- ironic.

Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars

Rated R for mature themes, violence, brief nudity. It plays Friday, Oct. 23 only at the Battelle Auditorium at 8 p.m.

5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen

4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.

3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.

2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.

0 stars: Speaks for itself.