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.





Summer Wars: The Review

7 07 2011

Crap Pun Review: The season’s right for an awesome film.

Summer Wars is a film about Kenji Koiso, an eleventh grade math genius who agrees to take a summer job at the hometown of his crush, Natuski. Much to his surprise, his “job” is to pretend to be Natsuki’s fiancé at the 90th birthday of her family’s matriarch. Meanwhile, his attempt to solve a mathematical equation causes a collision between OZ (virtual world) and the real one.

I’m gonna have do something different for this review. I tend to crap on a lot movies in my reviews, but this time around, there won’t be any crapping because I can say, with 100% certainty, that I’m constipated.

Okay, maybe 95% certain.

I bought this film without doing any research other than seeing clips of the sequences and thinking, “Wow, those are some cool character designs they’ve got in this film!”

I have no problems with the film itself. It’s an awesome film. It’s the way the film was marketed in North America that I have a problem with. Judging from DVD cover for this film, people might give it a pass because it looks like a generic Pokemon/Digimon type anime. I guess they have to reel anime fanboys in somehow. Judging from the poster alone, you’d have no idea that the entire movie takes place in the countryside and invovles a 90 year old woman and her family.

Yes, there are Digimon-looking avatars kicking ass in a VR world, but don’t be fooled. That isn’t what the movie is about. At its core, this movie is about the bonds between a family.

Note: I watched the original Japanese dubbed version. I can’t guarantee the same level of enjoyment if you decide to watch this with the English Dub.

Japanese Poster (Left) vs N American Poster (Right)

If you haven’t seen this, go hunt down a copy and watch it already!

What I liked:

– superb animation

– the strong-willed, 90 year old family matriarch

– character designs within the world of OZ

– good balance of humourous and serious moments

– evokes the family relationships found in Miyazaki films. (But with more asskicking sequences.)

What I loathed:

– the last part of the movie was a bit War Games-like

– predictable anime story arc (But still enjoyable!)

In short: SEE IT!