Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Film Review: Attack on Titan Part 2 (2015)

Attack on Titan: Part 2 (Review)
Japan/2015
Format Viewed For Review: Blu-ray
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...a notch below its predecessor—which is already a polarizing film, especially for fans of the anime/manga."

After discovering his special ability, Eren Yeager (Haruma Miura) discovers the truth about the Titans and struggles with an internal conflict...

Attack on Titan: Part 2 (known as End of the World) picks up where the previous film left off. So, there will be a few spoilers in this review. The plot continues to follow Eren Yeager and his scouting team, which includes Mikasa (Kiko Mizuhara) and Armin (Kanata Hongo) as they attempt to the block the hole on the outer wall. There are a few revelations, though—some from the previous film, some new. Of course, Eren uses his newfound ability to turn into a Titan—and that's pretty fun. Eren also joins the resistance. All of this happens in ~80-minutes without the recap and the credits, so it feels short and ineffective. It leads to a solid but sorta predictable ending. I'd say it played it safe.

Unlike the Rurouni Kenshin films, which I felt got progressively better, Attack on Titan: Part 2 stumbles a bit compared to its decent predecessor. It still has a lot of the positives: a grim, immersive world; a creative plot with some interesting twists; exciting action sequences, and some effective drama. This film felt unnecessarily short, even compared to the already short Part 1. It doesn't feel sloppy, but it does feel rushed and compressed. Eren has a short trial, learns the truth about the Titans and government, joins the resistance, quits the resistance, and so on in ~80 minutes. Everything feels so quick, it just doesn't feel like a full movie. I think that's its biggest flaw.

Now, I didn't completely spoil the film for you if you haven't seen it. So, I must say: if you're a die-hard fan of the series, you might not like the twists and turns in this movie. It breaks away from the manga/anime and does its own thing. As I stated in the last review, I enjoy the anime, but I'm not a devout fan, so the changes didn't bother me. I thought it was an interesting twist to the Attack on Titan world. But, again, you might hate it. Still, although i liked them, I wish it delved a bit deeper into the background.

The acting is more of the same. Haruma Miura comes off as comically over-the-top. This works in anime, but I don't feel like it works as well in live-action movies. Kiko Mizuhara (😍) is great, though, and Kanato Hongo gets some time to shine, too. The special effects are still hit-or-miss. Some scenes look great, others look laughably bad. Still, I couldn't help but enjoy the style. The film was written by Yusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama, and directed by Shinji Higuchi. The first film already felt sloppy and tight—an obvious attempt by the writers to squeeze a huge story into ~90-minutes. This film suffers from its short runtime, too. With the characters and dilemma already introduced, this film feels less eventful while simultaneously feeling more hectic. This series as a whole could have benefitted if each movie was two-hours long.

Overall, Attack on Titan Movie: Part 2 is a notch below its predecessor—which is already a polarizing film, especially for fans of the anime/manga. Still, it wasn't a bad time-killer. If you're an open-minded fan and if you want to delve into his world in live-action form, I think it's worth a rental.

Score: 5/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore.

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