Space Battleship Yamato: The Review

1 09 2011

Crap Pun Review: Hop Aboard the Space Battlestar Yamato!

Okay, so it’s been a while since I’ve posted…I’m sure all one of you has been waiting for my update with baited breath.

Lots to cover, more to come.

Space Battleship Yamato is the live action adaptation of the 70’s sci-fi anime of the same name. Those of you from North America may know the show as Star Blazers.

Ive actually been waiting to see this one as soon as I found out that a live action movie version is coming out.

The plot of the movie is pretty similar to the show: Earth has been decimated by aliens, mankind is on the brink of extinction, a solution is provided by other aliens and humankind’s last hope is placed on the crew of the Space Battleship Yamato to get to said aliens. Hijinks ensue. It’s a pretty straightforward plot. I just didn’t expect it to be two hours plus.

If you haven’t seen this, it’s definitely worth a look. Just don’t expect too much depth plotwise

 

What I liked:

– it’s fun and nostalgic (I was on the edge of my seat the first time they primed the Wave Cannon)

– recreated anime characters in real life without looking silly

– fantastic looking SFX/space battles and high production values

– adapting the look of the anime as only the Japanese can (Hollywood should take notes)

– the aliens corking (literally) the ship’s main cannon with a giant plug

– having the shit completely and utterly kicked out of them after they return from their successful mission

 

What I loathed:

– it looks like they bought the sets  from the Battlestar Galactica reboot

– aliens with Dune eyes

– biting the BSG drop onto a planet

– generic Japanese melodramatic ending

– biting the ID4 surprise attack scene

– making the villains totally alien instead of just blue humanoids

– he movie crapping out in the last twenty minutes

– using a Steve Tyler song instead of the awesome theme song from the 70’s

(The original and much more dramatic song)

 

In short: Much like Tron Legacy, it’s very easy on the eyes, but utlimately lacks substance.