The film is about a dystopian universe when what is left of world has been confined inside a huge wall city. The tall concrete walls were built to protect them from huge monsters they called Titans who ate homo beings for fun. That has been the condition quo for 100 years until one day when one particularly gigantic Titan on the spur of the moment showed up and kicked a hole through the ancient wall. This enabled the naked bloodthirsty android giants to gain entrance and ravage the town.
The film follows the report of three adolescent friends ( the rebellious Eren, the mousy Mikasa and the fresh Armin ) as they first experienced first hand the horror of this fresh lay waste to, and two years late when they become soldiers to fight an impossible battle against the insatiate monsters. During one heat battle when he rescued a ally from sealed death, Eren gets swallowed down by one Titan. however, it was besides then that fortune began to favor the humans when a newly, different and more powerful kind of Titan emerged whose angered crusade was directed against the other Titans.
The film felt like a japanese “ Hunger Games ” or “ Maze Runner ” with its young adult lead characters and dystopian fix. The special effects of the Titans were quite crude and unimpressive. There was depraved sense of exhilaration in seeing the Titans chomping down humans, but this finally wore off after witnessing the first few bites.
The yard of the storytelling stalled somewhere in the center such that the film became boring to watch. It was only until the action picked up again by the climactic conflict in the end that the film became truly exciting. The way the chief characters were portrayed was unlikable, particularly Eren and Mikasa. Something felt off about their characterizations. The history may be interesting, but the execution by director Shinji Higuchi was not entirely satisfactory.
My curiosity sparked, I decided to watch the original 2013 zanzibar copal “ Shingeki-no-Kyojin ” on-line. The events in this first film were entirely in the first eight of the 25 episodes in the series. ( The sequel is already set to be released by next month on Sept. 19 in Japan. ) evening in the beginning two episodes alone, I already saw how much the filmmakers changed the way the anime told the story. I could understand why the filmmakers may changed the european fix ( though the western names for japanese actors could be puzzling ) or why they made the characters older. I besides understand how it would be impossible to get all the backstory of the characters in more detail due to time constraints, but I felt they should not have wholly ignored this very significant aspect.
Eren in the film, as played by Haruma Miura, was immediately introduced as a cocky lax who could not hold a job more than a few days. We do not know anything more about him at all. So the events that will happen to him in the course of the film would be wholly head-scratching for the uninitiate. The painfully awkward Mikasa of the film, as played by Kiku Mizuhara, is truly very different from the cool and confident Mikasa of the zanzibar copal. This character was actually very ailing portrayed in the film, even in the second work when she was already supposed to be an elect soldier.
Watching the excellent zanzibar copal made me even more defeated with the film adaptation. The movie was a blue version, from the dimmed color pallette to the bum extra effects. The lacking fictional character development in the film was even more blatant when placed beside the rich back stories in the anime. The articulation acting in the animated translation was even more compelling and moving than the rather lame alive act in the film version. That the film even took time to inject unnecessary scenes of a sexual nature ( not in the zanzibar copal ) felt pathetic.
When I initially watched the film without having seen the zanzibar copal however, I already felt the film was not able to deliver the best from what could have been a very potent floor. After watching the zanzibar copal, I am even more defeated with how the film missed to capture the concern stories of the characters. It went for the obvious audience draw — the visually bloodstained thrill of seeing mighty Titans pulling apart or biting the head off puny humans — without developing its chief characters properly. When the novelty of those ghastly spectacles soon passed, the characters were left without enough affection for audiences to root for in the end. 5/10.
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