Full Metal Alchemist Movie: The Reviews Are In!

I don’t get these people. We’ve said it time and time again; Stop. Making. Live. Action. Adaptations. Of. Famous. ANIME!

For the love of Gid, JJ Abrams wants to do a live adaptation of Kimi no Nawa. Kimi no Nawa was the 2016 anime movie which is currently the highest grossing anime movie ever made– and with good reason. So of course Hollywood will come with their nonsense.

And it’s not only Hollywood. Even when the Japanese people do the movie it turns out to be crap (Shingeki No Kyojin movie i’m looking at you), so why do they keep at it?

Money

it’s sad, but these movies will make money and with original storylines running out in Hollywood, they have turned to comics, books and anime.

As a fan of anime this distresses me. Forget the cultural appropriation, they just do a really bad job of it, just look at Netflix’s Death Note.

Nitori Olorun (For the love of God!)

Anyhoo, they did the nonsense with Full Metal Alchemist which was screened at the Tokyo film festival and from the looks of it, critics are not too pleased with what they saw. It’s due for worldwide release on the 1st of December, but i’m not going to be eagerly anticipating it cos i already know it won’t be what i want.

Well, seeing as i haven’t seen the movie, belo are some of the most prominent reviews.

“In a mildly steampunk world that resembles a militarized early 20th century Tuscany (the film was shot in Volterra), two young brothers dabble disastrously in alchemy in the action-fantasy Fullmetal Alchemist. Directed by Fumihiko Sori, the film is the first live-action version of Hiromu Akakawa’s popular manga series, which was published in Japan from 2001 to 2010 and was made into a 51-episode anime TV series for MBS in 2003/04. Massively augmented with advanced CG work that is a joy to behold, the film looks poised to sweep Asian markets beginning in December when Warner Bros. Japan releases domestically. But its exotically facetious tone, cultural confusion (Italy populated exclusively by the Japanese?) and reckless narrative gaps will keep newbies to the story at a distance.” – The Hollywood Reporter

Variety

“The first live-action adaptation of the phenomenally popular Japanese manga created by female author Hiromu Arakawa proves to be a mixed bag of eye-catching visuals and uneven storytelling — rushed and choppy at times, and draggy and repetitive at others. Set in a fascinating early 20th-century alternate world in which two young brothers, both experts in the magical art of transmutation, attempt to rectify a calamitous experiment they carried out as children, “Fullmetal Alchemist” will initially attract huge local audiences when released on Dec. 1 but is unlikely to win viewers not already familiar with the source material or its numerous TV, video game and animated feature incarnations. U.S. release details are pending.” – Variety

Slash Film

“Since it is, after all, a comic book movie (albeit a Japanese one), it is easy to find oneself drawing comparisons between Fullmetal Alchemist and American superhero films of the early 2000s. Back then, the genre was still finding its footing. It would not really start hitting its stride until the mid-to-late 2000s, when Christopher Nolan’s Batman films and the Marvel Cinematic Universe came along. Before that, however, fans had to endure a lot of stinkers, like Daredevil and Fantastic Four.

Unfortunately, the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist hews closer to Daredevil or Fantastic Four on the quality spectrum than it does anything in the MCU, even the abominable (pun intended) Incredible Hulk. The look of the main character, Ed, never rises above that of bad cosplay, while the production value of the film never rises above that of a TV movie, something you would see on Syfy. It almost seems unfair to hold the film to a Hollywood standard, when its budget must have been much lower, but Fullmetal Alchemist has an undeniably televisual look, which is somewhat shocking to see in a film given the prestigious opening slot at an international festival.” – SlashFilm

So there you have it, most critics don’t like it and believe than only fans will truly enjoy it (nice fans), but it’ll be too disconnected from new audiences.

Sigh…that’s it from me. Let us know in the comments below if you’re excited for this and if there an live adaptation anime movies you’ve actually enjoyed.

Till later.

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