Monday 29 August 2022

Film Review: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar (2022) (Fantasy)

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar (鋼の錬金術師 完結編 復讐者スカー)
Fumihiko Sori (Director)
Ryosuke Yamada, Tsubasa Honda, Dean Fujioka

When a mysterious figure starts to target State Alchemists for their sins against God, Alchemist Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse are at their most vulnerable, meanwhile the homunculi begin to unveil themselves once again. (Synopsis)

I found the first live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie reasonably enjoyable, so I was interested to see what they'd do with this one. I liked the look and feel of this second film, but it did fall short for me in a few aspects. I struggled to become emotionally invested in the story, and perhaps some of that was because I remembered the storyline well from the anime, so I always knew ahead of time what was going to happen next, eliminating any tension. The acting, too, felt a little strained at times. That's not to say it wasn't mostly enjoyable, and for fans of the manga/anime it's great to see your favourite characters and moments depicted. These are not films I would rush to watch again and again, but I will view the third and final movie when it releases. This one ended on such a cliff-hanger moment, there's no way you couldn't finish the story. This film gets 3.5 stars from me, but I will round up rather than down.

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