Sorry, this movie sucks
Save your money for something good and enjoyable
I am only giving this movie a 1 for the great cast, though I can't imagine what any of them were thinking. This movie was horrible
It's an amazing and heartbreaking story.
Note: this review is from my perspective as a grown man seeing Momo for the first time. Kids may not notice my criticisms and thus may enjoy the film regardless.I was looking forward to this as I recently watched Never-Ending Story for the first time in 20+ years...in gloriously-restored bluray. 8/10 classic stuff! I've never seen Momo before, and now having watched it I can understand how it didn't quite capture the imagination of viewers back then. Michael Ende again has some fantastic ideas, with the odd nugget of wisdom too, but Momo's protagonist, at least in the film version, offers nothing apart from pretty doe eyes and a sweet smile (which is the point, I know...but on film it's not terribly convincing).Add that to the rather tame threat from the incoherent/abstract/slapstick/baldy antagonists, a cheesy & treacly support cast (among them Leopoldo Trieste's Beppo channeling Geppetto from Pinocchio), odd jarring pacing in the first half & forgettable music and you're left thinking this is very much the poorer partner when compared with Never-Ending Story: its antagonist - The Nothing - was abstract too, but it was demonstrably stronger than those 'Two Big Strong Hands', and utilised a certain scary wolf to level-up the jeopardy factor (Not to mention the more memorable characters and engaging music).The Momo DVD I've got (EAN 4006680017280) offers awful quality: the image looks like an old VHS copy with the sound poorly mixed. The dialogue is overdubbed...badly. You can hear the studio acoustics. The sync is all over the place too, adding to the detachment. I had a quick gander online and found some lengthy clips in English...with John Huston sounding like John Huston and generally the lip-syncing looking natural (tho' Momo sounds older than the 10 years old Radost Bokel, more like a grown woman doing a twee voice).So what language is this film originally in? According to IMDb's page it is German so they just did a very poor job of the overdubbing, while the English crew evidently did a good job (with much better audio-mixing too). John Huston tho' is not German, so his original audio must be the English mix, and someone I watched it with insisted the German dub for Müller-Stahl's character wasn't his own voice, so perhaps he did it in English originally.This lazy cheap DVD release has potentially cost some key enjoyment out of the experience, as aside from my other criticisms I quite liked the concept: I appreciate it would work much better in book form, but as a follower of 'Die Strebe Nach Langsamkeit' myself, Momo's special power felt warmly familiar to me :) - and a few visual shots were very nicely done - strong plus points which earn it a solid 6/10.Saying that, even if Momo had a bluray-remaster as superb as Never-Ending Story, with ambiently-mixed & timed dialogue, it would still reveal itself as inferior to Petersen's effort, purely as a film experience. Seems Petersen was more aware of his (film) audience whereas the makers of Momo perhaps were too tied to the source material (thanks to Ende himself being more involved).Recommended only with reservations: at least make sure you're watching a good-quality release with the option for both languages (and subs where necessary).
The most positive thing I can say about this movie is that it adheres to the book very faithfully and it is not an unapologetic butchery like The Neverending Story. Apparently Michael Ende oversaw the film himself (he plays a cameo role at the beginning) and made sure it was not tinkered with. However, whether because of his lack of film experience or despite his watchful eye, this film is extremely uncreative. At its best, which is extremely rare, it's how you imagined it. At its worst, if you've already read the book, it is frankly boring to watch and may disrupt the fancies of your imagination: I never imagined Momo with an afro, myself. The special effects don't go that far beyond stage play level and certainly don't live up to Ende's mind-sparking descriptions. This movie has not been released with proper English subtitles, and it's not worth the trouble obtaining illicit versions. Read the book, think for yourself, and enjoy some other movie on the same theme.
One of the best movies for children and (as others said) adults as well! The story is very interesting as it is true that people have less and less time for the truly important stuff in life. Another good point about this movie is the fact that the evil is displayed without a lot of violence, and it is still thrilling to watch.Radost Bokel plays Momo very well and I love the turtleAs a kid I enjoyed watching this and as an adult I still do.Good stuff 9/10
Momo is a fantastic fantasy movie. Written by the legendary writer of the Never-ending Story, Michael Ende, who takes us into the world of a little orphan who is set out to save the world. Love, a big heart, courage are the weapons she needs to save her little Italian village from time. This movie is just magical. This is a must see for my children, there is just way too much wiseness told to miss out on.