Sometimes the hardest thing is to not do anything.
Madoka Magica The Movie Part 3: Rebellion is a triumph in storytelling. Originally unique, Urobuchi crafts a magical tale of friendship, deceit and the gravity defying power of humanity…. and the lack of.
It seems so obvious afterwards. Of course, it’s much easier said than done. It reminds me of my favorite moment in Moulin Rouge where Satine is standing by Christian’s door and he maddening begs for the truth to which she responds with the most heartmaking lie in film history. Only Satine can fathom how much Homura had to struggle to walk away from Madoka upon their first reunion in practically forever.
Even though the audience knows the truth, the slap of betrayal is so palpable one sat stunned and could even feel the cheeks reddening from the impact.
It fooled Kyubey. As panic starts to set in for the incubator, our beloved magical girls proceeds to fool the viewer by allying with the unfeeling creature.
I won’t elaborate on the mastery of this depiction of deceit. Suffice to say, the magic succeeded in filling Kyubey with emotion. This is literally what heartmaking looks and feels like. Armed with the loving muscle that propels all magical girls, Kyubey in turn transforms into a… mahou shoujo!
With the rebellion complete, the rest is history as Madoka and friends defeat the incubators by bestowing love upon the entire universe and across all time.
Rebellion is a celebration of the undying hope in humanity.