Tips for Preserving the Immortal Review – Remarkably Poor Eternal-Demon Animation


I am unsure what level of desperation one would need to reach in order to consider this Russian animated adventure as a viable choice for a day with children. It is possible that enduring a 76-minute downpour would be more enjoyable (and cost-effective). Alternatively, being trapped in a broom closet with a toddler throwing a tantrum over the wrong icing color on a cupcake may be more entertaining. This family film is exceptionally dull, produced cheaply, and has English voiceovers by disinterested actors.

The plot centers on Drybone, a man who gained immortality long ago. Despite being portrayed as a devil, he speaks with the indifference of an IT helpdesk employee right before their shift ends. For centuries, Drybone has been on the hunt for a wife, aided by his two bat companions, Bram and Stoker. (One small issue: the setting of the film appears to be in the medieval era, but Bram Stoker passed away in 1912.) However, in a nearby town, a daring young woman named Barbara the Brave excels at jousting and defeats all the men who challenge her. She is open to marrying whoever can defeat her in combat.

King Lentil, a foolish man, has his sights set on Barbara. Unable to win her affections honestly, he resorts to blackmailing Drybone to kidnap her. This results in Barbara developing feelings for Drybone, despite her being portrayed as a feminist role model. However, there are many other problematic aspects to the story, including the depiction of Stockholm syndrome and a scene where Barbara swoons after Drybone saves her from falling off a log. It is doubtful that a streaming service would allow this kind of content on their platform. In the end, this story lacks depth and substance, making it void of any meaningful impact.


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