Incidentally, when chatting about the Madoka movie, I quoted one of the student council's opening lines from Utena, ("if it cannot break its shell, the chick will die without ever being born,") having forgotten that almost exactly the same line occurs in the movie itself. I think I'd known it occurred -- I was talking about how much it reminded me of Utena, and that was one of the things that would have made me think that -- but in that moment I'd forgotten.
I still want to try subtitling Madoka with quotes from Utena (c.f. the Quest for the Holy Grail
subtitles taken from Henry IV, Part I
, in which "run away" turns into "fly from the field.") It'd be a big task, though. First I'd have to rewatch Utena, and that alone seems impossible.
But anyway, the Madoka movie. It's amazing how much they managed to pack into it. It alludes to its historical origins while building on them and pressing forward. At the same time it includes a bunch of elements just because they're cool, and I'm okay with that.
I have a lot of respect for the movie. Reactions on it seem to vary pretty widely, and I can understand that, but I think it's undeniable that they were ambitious, that they attempted a great many things and succeeded in many ways.