Three young men are the subject of the plain tale Blue Giant. Dai is that exceptional individual with talent and determination; he is a kind person who is passionate about what he does and never allows things get to him. Unfortunately, this also implies that he has a flat character progression throughout the movie. Simply said, he is a person that never falters when pursuing his goals.
On the other hand, Yukinori has far lower expectations. He has been practicing his profession since he was four years old and has been a part of the jazz scene for many years. As he strives to the top, he has little patience for people who are beneath him. His alternative point of view would make him a good counterbalance for Dai, but his interactions with the third main character give him the story’s arc.
When Shunji loses interest in soccer, Dai’s love of jazz serves as an inspiration. Shunji is a typical college student. He fills in for Dai and Yukinori as they are without a drummer to keep the beat, and he performs as poorly as you could anticipate. Naturally, this causes him to disagree with Yukinori. Shunji doesn’t have any inherent talent, yet he develops through continual effort. As the narrative progresses, it becomes evident how the two differ philosophically: Shunji plays purely for the enjoyment of playing with his friends, while Yukinori only plays to be the best. Which type of player is preferable when it comes to jazz, a genre with strong emotional undertones?
Blue Giant is a movie with rather one-note characters and a foreshadowed plot, especially when it comes to its theatrical third act twist, even with this little serving of personal strife. That is somewhat excuseable, though. The film’s main goal is to introduce viewers to jazz and let them enjoy the music; the plot is merely a means to that end. There are easily a dozen jazz songs in this film. These are all entire music videos with fantastically strange graphics to go with the music. The movie makes every effort to make jazz feel unique—like the most passionately felt musical genre.
The movie truly drags if you’re not a fan of jazz music, even though it’s a paradise for people who love jazz and those who find it by watching. After a while, all the bright lights and loud saxophones just become visual and auditory chaos, especially as the movie jumps from one five-minute piece to the next.
Speaking about the graphics, they vary greatly in terms of quality not only between the musical moments and the expected tale segments, but also continuously from picture to shot. Characters can be entirely CG, fully 2D, extremely detailed, or low-quality 2D at various times. Due of this, the movie frequently has a disjointed visual aesthetic, and sudden changes in style can be so abrupt that they make you want to stop watching.
Overall, Blue Giant is one of those movies that you’ll either adore or find completely boring. The jazz songs are unquestionably artistic, including incredible musical storytelling and colorful (but somewhat erratic) imagery. Therefore, if jazz is your thing, you will undoubtedly enjoy this movie. But if it isn’t, the movie will drudge on. You’ll probably grow more and more irritated every time the movie stops for yet another excessive jazz riff because the characters are mostly one-note and the plot is predictable. Or, to put it another way, how much you enjoy jazz music will determine whether or not you enjoy this movie.