I am an anime fan. Though perhaps different than most.
I don’t watch a lot of anime (at least not anymore, not like I used to) and I am quite selective. I know about most anime series, but that doesn’t mean I’ve seen it. I tend to watch older anime, back from the 80s and 90s.
Fullmetal Alchemist is one of them. I saw the first episode years ago, back when it became a real hype. But I didn’t bother with the rest of the show (don’t ask me why, I really din’t remember). Instead I checked information about the show, the characters, the origin and read some episode summaries.
Now years later, one evening browsing Netflix, we spotted the real life movie version. We watched the trailer and decided to give it a go.
Without further ado, I present to you my review on;
Fullmetal Alchemist, real-life action movie.
The movie is about two brothers named Edward and Alphonse (Ed and Al for short). The brothers are learning alchemy from the books and notes left by their father. At the beginning of the movie their mother, Trisha, dies unexpectately and the brothers turn to darker alchemy to bring her back from the dead a method called Human Transmutation (extremely taboo in the world of alchemy).
The plan backfires as was expected and Al loses his body, but his soul remains because Ed offers his arm in exchange for Al’s soul which is then put in a suit of empty armour.
The movie fast forwards into the future and both brothers are now in their late teens.
Ed now has mechanical prosthetics in place of his missing limbs (the right arm which he sacrificed for Al and his right leg which he lost because he performed the alchemy spell).
The two brothers are busy trying to find a way to restore Al’s body. They start with looking for the Philosopher’s stone.
The cities shown in this movie are beautiful, a mix of Italian and German with a hint of French.
During the movie the two brothers encounter many other characters. From good old friends to allies and new enemies. Now I won’t go into to much detail about these people, only a couple which intersted me or…scared the living daylights out of me…
The villains in the movie are a group called the Homunculi. (Semi)immortal beings but!! With human emotions. Now considering these members are named after the seven sins (we meet Lust, Envy and Gluttony) I can only assume that in the anime series there are 4 more? Sequel anyone?
The effects in this movie are amazing! Alphonse armour looks spot on and not at all CGI (I don’t know if they used CGI for this or if it was a man in an actual armour).
The scene about professor Tucker with his daughter Nina and their white dog Alexander scared the crap out of me!!! (For those who know…you probably know what scene I am talking about).
(*shivers* I hid behind my boyfriend during that scene, it scared me too much…I could not handle it.)
Back to the rest of the film. According to most reviews I’ve seen online, not a lot of people are excited about it. Perhaps those who have seen the anime have a different view than someone who hasn’t seen the series… but I have to say I quite enjoyed the film.
Sometimes it felt fast paced and sometimes it felt slow. But its not easy I reckon trying to put an anime series into one movie (though mind you, I don’t know how much of the anime series they’ve actually put into this real-life action film).
The scenery was beautiful as was the CGI. The story was easy to follow and scary (downright ass DISTURBING!) during some parts.
I think this movie is definitely worth watching wether you are a fan of the show or not.
I rate this movie a 7.5 out of 10
Hope you enjoyed this semi short spoiler free (I tried) review about Fullmetal Alchemist. Take care and I’ll see you next time!